The Minoan Culture: Garden Fountains

Minoan Culture: Garden Fountains 076390034910305.jpg During archaeological digs on the island of Crete, various types of conduits have been found. Along with offering water, they dispersed water that accumulated from deluges or waste material. The chief components employed were rock or clay. Whenever prepared from terracotta, they were commonly in the format of canals and round or rectangular piping. The cone-like and U-shaped terracotta conduits that were found haven’t been found in any other society. Knossos Palace had an state-of-the-art plumbing network made of clay pipes which ran up to three meters below ground. The clay water lines were furthermore made use of for collecting and saving water. In order to make this conceivable, the conduits had to be created to handle: Below ground Water Transportation: This system’s invisible nature might mean that it was primarily manufactured for some type of ritual or to distribute water to restricted groups. Quality Water Transportation: There is also evidence which indicates the pipes being utilized to feed fountains separately from the domestic system.Advantages Solar Energy Powered Garden Fountains 75800617194.jpg

The Advantages of Solar Energy Powered Garden Fountains

Your garden wall fountain can be powered by any number of power sources. Older fountains have historically been powered by electricity, but due to an increased interest in eco-friendly fountains, solar energy is used in new models. Solar energy is a great way to run your water fountain, just be aware that initial costs will most likely be higher. Terra cotta, copper, porcelain, or bronze are utilized to make solar powered water fountains. If you are looking for one which fits your home furnishings, the range available on the market makes this possible. If you are considering a fountain to complete your garden refuge, know that they are easy to manage and a great way to contribute to a clean eco-system.

In addition to its visible charm, interior wall fountains can also serve to keep your house at a cool temperature. Applying the same methods used in air conditioners and evaporative coolers, they are a great alternative to cool your home. Since they eat up less energy, they also help you save money on your monthly power bill.

Fanning fresh, dry air across them is the most common way used to benefit from their cooling effect. Either your ceiling fan or air from a corner of the room can be used to augment flow. It is essential to ensure that air is always blowing over the top of the water. It is normal for fountains and waterfalls to generate cool, crisp air. The sudden chill we feel is normal when we approach a large municipal fountain or a waterfall. Placing your fountain cooling system in a spot where it will be exposed to additional heat is not practical. Direct sunlight, for example, reduces the ability of your fountain to produce cold air.Contemporary Garden Decor: Fountains Roots 207025070414862650.jpg

Contemporary Garden Decor: Fountains and their Roots

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home.

Pure practicality was the original role of fountains. Residents of cities, 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. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times used by Romans to decorate their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Embellishing city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the functions of modern-day fountains.