Contemporary Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots

Contemporary Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains Roots 75800617194.jpg The dramatic or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Residents of urban areas, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and memorialize the artist. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often utilized by Romans to decorate their fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The introduction of unique water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

These days, fountains adorn public spaces and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Rome, Gian Bernini, And Water Features

There are countless renowned Roman fountains in its city center. One of the finest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, virtually all of them were designed, conceptualized and built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.Rome, Gian Bernini, Water Features 207025070414862650.jpg Also a city builder, he had capabilities as a water feature developer, and remnants of his life's work are apparent throughout the avenues of Rome. Eventually moving to Rome to totally reveal their art, chiefly in the shape of public water fountains, Bernini’s father, a distinguished Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son. The young Bernini was an great employee and received praise and backing of significant artists as well as popes. At first he was renowned for his sculpting skills. Working gracefully with Roman marble, he utilized a base of expertise in the classic Greek architecture, most notably in the Vatican. Though he was influenced by many, Michelangelo had the most profound effect on him, both personally and professionally.