Water Features
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Where did Landscape 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.Landscape Fountains Originate from? 2479072229404673.jpg

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Designers thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the artist responsible for building 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 found in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

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. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

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

The Countless Options in Garden Wall Fountains

Having a wall fountain in your garden or on a terrace is ideal when you wish to relax. You can also make the most of a small area by having one custom-built. Both the stand alone and mounted models must have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. There are any number of models to choose from including traditional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.Countless Options Garden Wall Fountains 14774576666905.jpg

Normally quite large, freestanding wall fountains, also referred to as floor fountains, have their basins on the floor.

A wall-mounted water feature can either be incorporated onto a wall already in existence or built into a wall under construction. A unified look can be achieved with this style of fountain because it seems to become part of the landscape rather than an added element.

The First Contemporary Wall Fountains

The translation of hundreds of classical Greek texts into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who led the Church in Rome from 1397 till 1455. He undertook the beautification of Rome to turn it into the worthy capital of the Christian world. In 1453 the Pope instigated the repairing of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Building a mostra, a grandiose commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the entry point of an aqueduct, was a custom revived by Nicholas V. The present-day location of the Trevi Fountain was previously occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and constructed by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Keep Your Wall fountain Clean

Adequate care and regular upkeep are important to the longevity of water fountains. It is easy for foreign objects to find their way into open-air fountains, so keeping it clean is important. Another factor is that water that is exposed to sunlight is susceptible to growing algae. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be blended into the water to prevent this issue. Bleach can also be mixed into the water, but this is not the ideal option as it can hurt birds or other animals.

No more than three-four months should really go by without an extensive cleansing of a fountain. Before you can start cleaning it you should empty out all of the water. When you have done this, scrub inside the water reservoir with a mild detergent. A helpful tip is to use a toothbrush if there are small hard-to-reach spots. Any soap residue that remains on your fountain can damage it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

Calcium and fresh water organisms could get inside the pump, so you should disassemble it to get it truly clean. Soaking it in vinegar for a while will make it easier to wash.Keep Wall fountain Clean 14774576666905.jpg Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to prevent any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

One final recommendation for keeping your fountain in top working shape is to check the water level every day and make sure it is full. Low water levels can ruin the pump - and you don't want that!

Installing a Fountain In Smaller Gardens

You can make your space look bigger due to the reflective effect of water. Augmenting the reflective aspects of a fountain or water feature are possible by using dark materials. Night time is a great occasion to draw attention to the illuminated, colored underwater lights in your new water feature. Solar powered eco-lights are great during the day and underwater lights are perfect for nighttime use. The comforting effect created by these is oftentimes used in nature techniques to alleviate anxiety and stress.

Your backyard vegetation is a fantastic place to blend in your water feature. Ponds, man-made rivers, or fountains are just some of the ways you can you can make it become the central feature on your property. Small verandas or major gardens is the perfect place to install a water element. The most appropriate accessories and the best location for it are worthwhile if you want to enhance the atmosphere.