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The Outdoor Garden Fountains

Water fountains were initially practical in purpose, used to bring water from canals or springs to towns and villages, providing the inhabitants with clean water to drink, wash, and prepare food with. A supply of water higher in elevation than the fountain was needed to pressurize the flow and send water squirting from the fountain's nozzle, a technology without equal until the late 19th century.Outdoor Garden Fountains 75800617194.jpg The beauty and spectacle of fountains make them ideal for traditional monuments. If you saw the 1st fountains, you wouldn't recognize them as fountains. Crafted for drinking water and ceremonial functions, the very first fountains were very simple carved stone basins. 2,000 BC is when the earliest known stone fountain basins were actually used. The jet of water emerging from small spouts was forced by gravity, the lone power source builders had in those days. The placement of the fountains was determined by the water source, which is why you’ll commonly find them along aqueducts, canals, or streams. Creatures, Gods, and religious figures dominated the early decorative Roman fountains, beginning to appear in about 6 BC. A well-engineered system of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public fountains supplied with fresh water.Ancient Greece: Inception Garden Statue Design 14774576666905.jpg

Ancient Greece: The Inception of Garden Statue Design

Sculptors ornamented the complex columns and archways with renderings of the greek gods until the time came to a close and more Greeks had begun to think of their theology as superstitious rather than sacred; at that point, it grew to be more standard for sculptors be compensated to portray ordinary people as well. In some cases, a depiction of wealthy families' forefathers would be commissioned to be located inside of huge familial tombs, and portraiture, which would be duplicated by the Romans upon their conquering of Greek civilization, also became customary. It is wrong to state that the arts had one aim throughout The Classical Greek period, a time of creative achievement during which the use of sculpture and various other art forms evolved. Greek sculpture was a modern part of antiquity, whether the reason was faith based fervor or visual fulfillment, and its modern quality may be what endears it to us now.

Modern Garden Decoration: Garden Fountains and their Roots

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

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains had to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow down or shoot high into the air. Designers thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the artist responsible for creating it. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entrance 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

The end of the nineteenth century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public spaces and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.