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"Primitive" Greek Artistry: Large Statuary

Up until the Archaic Greeks created the very first freestanding sculpture, a phenomenal achievement, carvings had mostly been done in walls and pillars as reliefs. Most of the freestanding statues were of youthful, winsome male or female (kore) Greeks and are termed kouros figures. Thought of by Greeks to represent splendour, the kouroi were shaped into firm, forward facing positions with one foot outstretched, and the male statues were usually nude, well-built, and athletic. In 650 BC, life-sized versions of the kouroi began to be seen. During the Archaic period, a great time of changes, the Greeks were developing new types of government, expressions of art, and a greater understanding of people and cultures outside Greece. But in spite of the disputes, the Greek civilization went on to advance, unabated.

The Origins Of Garden Fountains

The incredible architecture 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.Origins Garden Fountains 057862912369871468.jpg

The central purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late nineteenth, 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. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. The main components used by the Romans to create 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. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by adding beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the nineteenth 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 allowed fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.