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Where did Landscape Fountains Begin?

Landscape Fountains Begin? 207025070414862650.jpg A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the area. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move downwards or jet high into the air. Designers thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the designer responsible for building it. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times used by Romans to beautify their fountains. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create smaller variations of the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his prominence 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 arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

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. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.Outdoor Garden Fountain: Maintenance & Routine Service 14774576666905.jpg

Your Outdoor Garden Fountain: Maintenance & Routine Service

A very important first step is to think about the dimensions of the outdoor wall fountain with regards to the space you have available for it. A solid wall is definitely needed to hold up its overall weight. Therefore for smaller areas or walls, a lightweight feature is going to be more suitable. In order for the fountain to have electrical power, a nearby electrical plug is needed. Whatever the style of outdoor wall fountain you choose, they generally come with easy to understand, step-by-step instructions.

The typical outdoor wall feature is available in an easy-to-use kit that comes with everything you need and more to properly install it. The kit will contain a submersible pump, the hoses and basin (or reservoir). Depending on its size, the basin can normally be hidden quite easily amongst the plants. Other than the regular cleaning, little servicing is required once your outdoor wall fountain is installed.

Replace and clean the water on a regular schedule. Leaves, branches or dirt are examples of debris which should be cleared away quickly. In addition, your outdoor wall fountain should not be exposed to freezing winter weather. Bring your pump inside when the weather turns very cold and freezes the water so as to avoid any possible damage, such as cracking. All in all, an outdoor wall fountain can last for any number of years with proper upkeep and care.Source Modern Garden Fountains 14774576666905.jpg

The Source of Modern Garden Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a well educated man, governed the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classic Greek documents into Latin. Beautifying Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the center of his ambitions. Beginning in 1453, the ruined ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Aqua Vergine which had brought clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, underwent restoration at the bidding of the Pope. The historical Roman tradition of marking the entry point of an aqueduct with an imposing celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the area previously filled with a wall fountain built by Leon Battista Albert, an architect commissioned by the Pope. 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.