Water Features
Warrensburg Missouri

Public Garden Fountains Recorded by History

Villages and communities relied on functional water fountains to conduct water for preparing food, washing, and cleaning from local sources like ponds, streams, or springs. In the years before electrical power, the spray of fountains was powered by gravity only, often using an aqueduct or water source located far away in the nearby hills. Frequently used as memorials and commemorative structures, water fountains have impressed men and women from all over the world throughout the ages.Public Garden Fountains Recorded History 2479072229404673.jpg Simple in design, the first water fountains didn't appear much like modern-day fountains. A natural stone basin, crafted from rock, was the first fountain, utilized for containing water for drinking and religious functions. Stone basins as fountains have been found from 2000 B.C.. The jet of water emerging from small jets was pushed by gravity, the only power source creators had in those days. The location of the fountains was determined by the water source, which is why you’ll usually find them along reservoirs, canals, or rivers. The Romans began building decorative fountains in 6 BC, most of which were bronze or natural stone masks of wildlife and mythological characters. Water for the open fountains of Rome arrived to the city via a complicated system of water aqueducts.Modern Garden Decoration: Fountains Beginnings 2479072229404673.jpg

Modern Garden Decoration: Fountains and their Beginnings

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.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow downwards or jet high into the air. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the designer. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the 19th 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 allowed fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Beautifying city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the purposes of modern-day fountains.Installation Fountain Smaller Gardens 2479072229404673.jpg

Installation of a Fountain In Smaller Gardens

Since water causes a reflection, small spaces will appear bigger. Dark materials alter the reflective properties of a fountain or water feature. If your intention is to showcase your new feature at night, underwater lights in various colors and shapes will do the trick. Eco-lights fueled by sunlight can be used during the day whereas you can use lights to enhance your garden at night. Alleviating stress and anxiety with their calming sounds are some of the applications in nature medicine.

Water just mixes into the greenery in your backyard. Your pond, man-made river, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s attention. Examples of areas where you can install a water feature include large lawns or small patios. The ambience can be significantly changed by placing it in the best place and using the proper accessories.