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Anglo Saxon Gardens at the Time of the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons encountered great modifications to their daily lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. Architecture and horticulture were abilities that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. However, there was no time for home life, domestic design, and adornment until the Normans had overcome the whole region. Most often designed upon windy peaks, castles were straightforward structures that permitted their inhabitants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive schemes, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings generally installed in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. Gardening, a peaceful occupation, was unfeasible in these unproductive fortifications. The best specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent today is Berkeley Castle. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. As a method of deterring assailants from tunneling within the walls, an immense terrace surrounds the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an aged yew hedge trimmed into the shape of crude battlements.

Contemporary Garden Decoration: Fountains and their Beginnings

The dramatic or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, in addition to delivering drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the area. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and celebrate the artist. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often utilized by Romans to decorate their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create smaller depictions of the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France.Contemporary Garden Decoration: Fountains Beginnings 207025070414862650.jpg Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

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

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

Cultural Statuary in Old Greece

Cultural Statuary Old Greece 75800617194.jpg Sculptors garnished the complex columns and archways with renderings of the greek gods until the period came to a close and most Greeks had begun to think of their theology as superstitious rather than sacred; at that instant, it grew to be more accepted for sculptors be paid to depict everyday people as well. Sometimes, a interpretation of affluent families' ancestors would be commissioned to be placed within huge familial burial tombs, and portraiture, which would be replicated by the Romans upon their conquering of Greek civilization, also became commonplace. The usage of sculpture and other art forms varied through the years of The Greek Classical period, a time of creative growth when the arts had more than one objective. Greek sculpture was a cutting-edge component of antiquity, whether the reason was faith based fervor or visual satisfaction, and its modern quality might be what endears it to us today.