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Contemporary Garden Decor: Fountains and their Beginnings

Contemporary Garden Decor: Fountains Beginnings 2479072229404673.jpg A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

Pure functionality was the original purpose of fountains. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Designers thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the designer responsible for creating it. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. To replicate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. 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 glorified with baroque style fountains made to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Urban fountains created at the end of the 19th century served only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

"Primitive" Greek Artwork: Large Statuary

Up right up until the Archaic Greeks developed the very first freestanding sculpture, a remarkable success, carvings had mainly been done in walls and pillars as reliefs. Most of these freestanding sculptures were what is known as kouros figures, statues of young, attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. The kouroi were considered by the Greeks to embody beauty and were sculpted with one foot leading and an uncompromising stiffness to their forward-facing poses; the male statues were always strapping, sinewy, and naked. Around 650 BC, life-size forms of the kouroi began to be seen. The Archaic period was an amazing time of transformation for the Greeks as they grew into new forms of government, created unique expressions of art, and achieved information of the men and women and cultures outside of Greece. Still, these battles did little to hamper the development of the Greek civilization.

The Subtle Appeal of the Wall Fountain

A wall fountain can be an important design element in your home or workplace, enough so that it leaves a good impression on your family and friends alike. Having a wall water feature in your daily life not only stimulates the eyes with its beauty but also your ears with the soothing background sounds it produces. Guests will walk away with a memorable impression of the appealing sights and comforting sounds eminating from it.

Wall elements are an ideal alternative if the space you reside in is more modern in appearance. Stainless steel or glass are two of the materials used to make modern-day types which add a trendy component to your interior design. Is the floor space in your home or office scarce? The perfect choice for you is a wall water fountain. Since they are mounted on a wall you can save your precious real estate for something else. Busy entryways in office buildings are often adorned with one of these types of fountains. Inside spaces are not the only places to hang a wall fountain, however. Consider using fiberglass or resin for your outside wall water feature. Use water fountains made of these weather-proof materials to liven up your courtyard, patio, or other outdoor space.

Wall fountains can be manufactured in a wide array of different looks ranging from contemporary to classic and provincial. You can choose the best style based upon your individual preferences. A mountain lodge might require a classic material such as slate whereas a high rise apartment might require sleek glass to enliven the interior space. It is up to you to select the best material for you. One thing is sure, however, fountains are items which will no doubt dazzle your guests.

Taking Care Of Garden Wall Fountains

Taking Care Garden Wall Fountains 057862912369871468.jpg A very important first step is to consider the dimensions of the outdoor wall fountain with regards to the area you have available for it. A solid wall is definitely needed to hold up its overall weight. Therefore for smaller areas or walls, a light fountain is going to be more appropriate. You will need to have an electrical socket in the vicinity of the fountain so it can be powered. There are many different styles of fountains, each with their own set of simple, step-by-step directions.

Most outside wall fountains are available in easy-to-use kits that will give you everything you need to properly install it. The kit will contain a submersible pump, the hoses and basin (or reservoir). The basin, if it's not too big, can easily be hiddenin your garden among the plants. Once your wall fountain is in place, all that is needed is regular cleaning and some light maintenance.

Replace and clean the water on a regular basis. Debris such as twigs, leaves or dirt should be cleaned up quickly. In addition, your outdoor wall fountain should not be subjected to freezing winter temperatures. Your pump may crack when subjected to freezing water during the cold weather, so it is best to bring it indoors to prevent any damage. To sum up, your outdoor wall fountain will continue to be a great add-on to your garden if you keep it well cared for and well maintained.