Water Features
Saint Paul Nebraska

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Where did Fountains Begin?

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

From the onset, outdoor fountains were simply meant to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up to the late 19th 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. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. To replicate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries manufactured baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Urban fountains made at the end of the nineteenth served only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. The creation of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

Your Patio: The Perfect Place for a Garden Fountain

Patio: Perfect Place Garden Fountain 2479072229404673.jpg The area outside your home can be polished up by adding a wall or a garden fountain to your landscaping or garden project. Historical fountains and water features have stirred the notice of contemporary designers as well as fountain designers. You can also reinforce the connection to the past by adding one of these to your home's interior design. Among the many attributes of these beautiful garden water features is the water and moisture they release into the air which attracts birds and other wild life as well as helps to balance the ecosystem. Flying, annoying insects, for instance, are scared away by the birds congregating near the fountain or birdbath.

The space required for a cascading or spouting fountain is substantial, so a wall fountain is the perfect size for a small yard. Two options to choose from include either a freestanding type with an even back set against a fence or wall in your backyard, or a wall-mounted, self-contained type which hangs on a wall. Both a fountain mask located on the existing wall as well as a basin located at the bottom to collect the water are equired if you wish to add a fountain. It is best not to undertake this job yourself as skilled plumbers and masons are more suitable to do this kind of work.

The Results of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Gardens

The introduction of the Normans in the second half of the eleventh century irreparably transformed The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle.Results Norman Invasion Anglo Saxon Gardens 14774576666905.jpg Architecture and horticulture were skills that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. But the Normans had to pacify the entire territory before they could concentrate on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Most often designed upon windy peaks, castles were straightforward constructs that permitted their inhabitants to spend time and space to offensive and defensive schemes, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings commonly added in only the most fecund, broad valleys. The barren fortresses did not provide for the calm avocation of gardening. The purest example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. The keep is said to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A spacious terrace meant for strolling and as a way to stop enemies from mining below the walls runs about the building. On one of these parapets is a picturesque bowling green covered in grass and enclosed by an aged hedge of yew that has been shaped into coarse battlements.