The Original Public Water Fountains of Human History

Original Public Water Fountains Human History 057862912369871468.jpg Water fountains were originally practical in purpose, used to deliver water from canals or springs to towns and hamlets, providing the residents with clean water to drink, bathe, and cook with. To produce water flow through a fountain until the later part of the 1800’s, and produce a jet of water, demanded gravity and a water source such as a spring or lake, located higher than the fountain. The elegance and wonder of fountains make them appropriate for historical memorials. The contemporary fountains of modern times bear little likeness to the very first water fountains. Basic stone basins sculpted from local stone were the very first fountains, used for religious functions and drinking water. The earliest stone basins are suspected to be from about 2000 B.C.. The first civilizations that used fountains depended on gravity to push water through spigots. The location of the fountains was determined by the water source, which is why you’ll normally find them along aqueducts, canals, or streams. Fountains with ornate decoration started to show up in Rome in approximately 6 BC, usually gods and creatures, made with stone or copper-base alloy. The City of Rome had an elaborate system of aqueducts that furnished the water for the numerous fountains that were situated throughout the city.

The Myriad Designs of Water Wall Fountains

You can design a place to relax as well as add a touch of style to your porch or yard with a wall fountain since they are excellent adornments to fit into small area. Traditional, antique, modern, or Asian are just a few of the designs you can choose from when looking for an outdoor wall fountain to your liking. While there are countless prefabricated ones on the market, you may need a custom-built fountain if none of these are pleasing to you.

The two kinds of water features available to you include mounted and stand-alone models. Mounted wall fountains are little and self-contained versions which can be hung on a wall.Myriad Designs Water Wall Fountains 207025070414862650.jpg Normally made of resin (to look like stone) or fiber glass, these types of fountains are lightweight and easy to hang. Floor fountains are freestanding, sizable, and also have a basin on the ground as well as a flat side against the wall. Generally made of cast stone, this style of water feature is not limited in weight.

Customized fountains which can be integrated into a new or existing wall are often recommended by landscaping designers. Placing the basin against the wall and installing all the plumbing work needs a expert mason to do it right. A fountain mask or a spout also needs to be incorporated into the wall. A tailor-made wall fountain blends into the landscape instead of standing out because it was a later addition, which contributes to a unified appearance.

The Many Construction Materials of Wall fountains

Garden fountains these days are typically made from metal, although you can find them in other materials too. Metallic models offer clean lines and unique sculptural accents and will fit in with nearly any decorative style and budget. If you have a modern-day look and feel to your interior design, your yard and garden should reflect that same look.

One of the most common metals for sculptural garden fountains these days is copper. Copper is trendy for both inside and outside use and is commonly found in tabletop and cascade fountains, among others.Many Construction Materials Wall fountains 057862912369871468.jpg Copper fountains also come in a vast array of designs - from fun and eccentric to modern and cutting-edge.

If you are drawn to more conventional -looking water fountains, brass is probably the best option for you. Though not the most modern, the creatures and sculptural features you find on fountains are mostly made of brass, thus making them very popular.

The most contemporary metal right now is definitely stainless steel. Adding a modern-looking steel design will immediately add value to your garden and improve the overall atmosphere. Like all water fountains, you can get them in just about any size you choose.

Fiberglass is a popular material for fountains because you can get the look and feel of metal at a much lower price, and it is lighter and easier to move than metal. It is simple to clean and maintain a fiberglass water fountain, yet another reason they are trendy.Chronicle Garden Water Fountains 076390034910305.jpg

A Chronicle of Garden Water Fountains

The translation of hundreds of classical Greek documents into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who ruled the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. He undertook the beautification of Rome to turn it into the model seat of the Christian world. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a ruined aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was reconditioned starting in 1453. Building a mostra, an imposing commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the entry point of an aqueduct, was a tradition revived by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to construct a wall fountain where we now find the Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.Large Garden Fountains Begin? 076390034910305.jpg

Where did Large Garden Fountains Begin?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.