Water Features
Camp Sherman Oregon

Your Outdoor Living Area: A Great Spot for a Fountain

Outdoor Living Area: Great Spot Fountain 75800617194.jpg The area outside your residence can be polished up by including a wall or a garden fountain to your landscaping or garden project. Many contemporary designers and artisans have been inspired by historical fountains and water features. As such, the effect of adding one of these to your interior decor binds it to past times. Among the many properties of these beautiful garden water features is the water and moisture they release into the air which attracts birds and other wild life as well as helps to balance the ecosystem. For example, irritating flying insects are usually deterred by the birds drawn to the fountain or birdbath.

Wall fountains are a good choice if your yard is small because they do not require much space as compared to a spouting or cascading fountain. You can choose to put in a stand-alone fountain with a flat back and an attached basin propped against a fence or wall in your backyard, or a wall-mounted type which is self-contained and suspended from a wall. Adding a fountain to an existent wall requires that you add a fountain mask as well as a basin at the bottom to gather the water. The plumbing and masonry work necessary for this kind of job requires know-how, so it is best to hire a skilled person rather than do it yourself.

Water Delivery Solutions in Ancient Rome

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct assembled in Rome, started providing the individuals living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had relied on natural springs up till then. Over this time period, there were only two other techniques capable of supplying water to high areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which gathered rainwater. To furnish water to Pincian Hill in the early sixteenth century, they implemented the emerging process of redirecting the flow from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground channel. The aqueduct’s channel was made accessible by pozzi, or manholes, that were positioned along its length when it was 1st built. The manholes made it easier to clean the channel, but it was also achievable to use buckets to remove water from the aqueduct, as we discovered with Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi when he owned the property from 1543 to 1552, the year he died. The cistern he had constructed to gather rainwater wasn’t adequate to meet his water requirements. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran under his residence.

Where did Large Outdoor Fountains Begin?

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 enhance your home.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to supply drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water supply, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the 19th century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

These days, fountains decorate public areas and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.