Water Features
Milford Maine

The Genesis Of Wall Fountains

A fountain, an amazing 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 functional purpose. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the vicinity.Genesis Wall Fountains 2479072229404673.jpg 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 move downwards or shoot high into the air. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times utilized by Romans to beautify their fountains. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. Fountains enjoyed a significant 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 extol their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

These days, fountains decorate public spaces and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Characteristics of Outdoor Statues in Archaic Greece

Up until the Archaic Greeks created the very first freestanding statuary, a remarkable success, carvings had chiefly been accomplished in walls and pillars as reliefs. For the most part the statues, or kouros figures, were of adolescent and nice-looking male or female (kore) Greeks.Characteristics Outdoor Statues Archaic Greece 057862912369871468.jpg Regarded as by Greeks to represent beauty, the kouroi were formed into inflexible, forward facing positions with one foot outstretched, and the male statues were always nude, brawny, and fit. Life-sized versions of the kouroi appeared beginning in 650 BC. During the Archaic time, a big time of change, the Greeks were evolving new types of government, expressions of art, and a deeper awareness of people and cultures outside Greece. Equivalent to many other times of historical conflict, arguments were common, and there were battles between city-states like The Arcadian wars, the Spartan invasion of Samos.