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The Grace of Simple Garden Decor: The Fountain

These days you can just put your garden water fountain close to a wall since they no longer need to be connected to a pond. Excavating, installing and maintaining a nearby pond are no longer needed. There is no plumbing necessary with this type self-contained water feature. Regularly adding water is the only requirement. Your pond should always have clean water, so be sure to drain the basin whenever it gets dirty.

The most utilized materials used to manufacture garden wall fountains are stone and metal, despite the fact that they can be made out of any number of other elements. You must know the look you are shooting for in order to select the best material. It is important to purchase hand-crafted, light garden wall features which are also simple to put up. Having a water feature which needs minimal maintenance is important as well.Grace Simple Garden Decor: Fountain 75800617194.jpg The re-circulating pump and hanging hardware are usually the only parts which need extra care in most installations, although there may be some cases in which the setup is a bit more intricate. It is very easy to liven up your yard with these types of fountains.

Where did Fountains Originate from?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

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 area. Up to the late 19th 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 down or shoot high into the air. Designers thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and honor the designer responsible for building it. Roman fountains usually depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles.Fountains Originate from? 14774576666905.jpg The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to exalt the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard 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 ornamental. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.Effect Norman Conquest Anglo-Saxon Landscaping 057862912369871468.jpg

The Effect of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Landscaping

The arrival of the Normans in the second half of the eleventh century considerably transformed The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But yet there was no time for home life, domesticated design, and decoration until the Normans had overcome the whole realm. Because of this, castles were cruder constructions than monasteries: Monasteries were often important stone buildings located in the biggest and most fecund valleys, while castles were built on windy crests where their citizens dedicated time and space to tasks for offense and defense. The barren fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of gardening. The best example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent presently is Berkeley Castle. It is said that the keep was created during William the Conqueror's time. A large terrace meant for strolling and as a way to stop attackers from mining under the walls runs about the building. On one of these parapets is a picturesque bowling green covered in grass and surrounded by an aged hedge of yew that has been shaped into coarse battlements.

The Main Characteristics of Ancient Greek Sculpture

The Archaic Greeks built the first freestanding statuary, an impressive achievement as most sculptures up until then had been reliefs cut into walls and pillars. For the most part the statues, or kouros figures, were of young and attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. The kouroi were seen by the Greeks to embody beauty and were sculpted with one foot leading and an uncompromising rigidity to their forward-facing poses; the male statues were always strapping, sinewy, and nude. In about 650 BC, the variations of the kouroi became life-sized. The Archaic period was an incredible time of transformation for the Greeks as they extended into new forms of government, produced unique expressions of art, and attained insights of the men and women and cultures outside of Greece. But these disagreements did not stop the growth of the Greek civilization. {