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Where did Large Outdoor Fountains Come From?

Large Outdoor Fountains Come From? 207025070414862650.jpg The incredible construction 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 complete your home.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to extol their positions by including decorative 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 provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for public spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational events.Origins Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains 207025070414862650.jpg

The Origins of Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains

Hundreds of classic Greek texts were translated into Latin under the auspices of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. In order to make Rome worthy of being the capital of the Christian world, the Pope resolved to embellish the beauty of the city. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a damaged aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was renovated starting in 1453. The ancient Roman tradition of building an imposing commemorative fountain at the location where an aqueduct arrived, also known as a mostra, was revived by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the space previously filled with a wall fountain built by Leon Battista Albert, an architect employed by the Pope. The water which eventually provided the Trevi Fountain as well as the acclaimed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona flowed from the modified aqueduct which he had renovated.

Original Water Delivery Solutions in Rome

With the building of the very first elevated aqueduct in Rome, the Aqua Anio Vetus in 273 BC, people who lived on the city’s hillsides no longer had to depend solely on naturally-occurring spring water for their demands. When aqueducts or springs weren’t accessible, people dwelling at higher elevations turned to water pulled from underground or rainwater, which was made possible by wells and cisterns. Starting in the sixteenth century, a brand new strategy was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean segments to deliver water to Pincian Hill. All through the length of the aqueduct’s route were pozzi, or manholes, that gave access. During the roughly nine years he possessed the property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi used these manholes to take water from the network in containers, though they were initially built for the intent of cleaning and servicing the aqueduct. It seems that, the rainwater cistern on his property wasn’t sufficient to fulfill his needs. By using an orifice to the aqueduct that flowed underneath his property, he was able to suit his water needs.

Garden Water Fountain Designers Through History

Frequently serving as architects, sculptors, designers, engineers and cultivated scholars, all in one, fountain designers were multi-talented people from the 16th to the late 18th century.Garden Water Fountain Designers History 14774576666905.jpg Leonardo da Vinci as a inspired master, inventor and scientific virtuoso exemplified this Renaissance artist. The forces of nature guided him to analyze the properties and motion of water, and due to his curiosity, he methodically recorded his observations in his now renowned notebooks. Converting private villa settings into imaginative water showcases packed with symbolic interpretation and natural wonder, early Italian water feature designers fused curiosity with hydraulic and horticultural ability. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, celebrated for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, provided the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli. Masterminding the excellent water marbles, water features and water jokes for the various properties in the vicinity of Florence, some other fountain engineers were well versed in humanistic issues as well as classical technical texts.

Anglo Saxon Grounds at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was significantly changed by the introduction of the Normans in the later eleventh century.Anglo Saxon Grounds Time Norman Conquest 14774576666905.jpg At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But before centering on home-life or having the occasion to consider domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Monasteries and castles served separate purposes, so while monasteries were massive stone structures built in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the residents focused on understanding offensive and defensive strategies. Gardening, a peaceful occupation, was unfeasible in these unproductive fortifications. The best example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. It is said that the keep was introduced during William the Conqueror's time. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstacle to attackers wanting to dig under the castle walls. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an old yew hedge cut into the shape of crude battlements.

The Use of Large Outdoor Water Fountains As Water Features

The movement of water winding in or through a large feature is what identifies of a water feature. There is a broad array of such features going from something as simple as a suspended wall fountain or as intricate as a courtyard tiered fountain.Use Large Outdoor Water Fountains Water Features 2479072229404673.jpg Known for their versatility, they can be included either indoors or outside. Water features comprise ponds and pools as well.

Garden wall fountains are important additions to your living areas such as yards, yoga studios, cozy patios, apartment verandas, or office buildings. In addition to helping you relax, both sight and sound are enticed by the soothing sounds of a water feature. Their noticeably pleasing shape adds to the embellishment of any area as well. The sound of water produces contentment, covers up unwelcome noises and also provides an entertaining water show.