Water Features
Warsaw Virginia

Modern Garden Decoration: Large Outdoor Water Fountains and their Roots

The incredible architecture 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 complement your home.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Residents of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the nineteenth 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 gravity. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the artist. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains.Modern Garden Decoration: Large Outdoor Water Fountains Roots 75800617194.jpg To replicate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. Fountains played a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. 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.

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. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.

The Positive Benefits of installing a Fountain in Your Living Area

The addition of a wall water feature or an outdoor garden fountain is a great way to embellish your yard or garden design. Modern-day artists and fountain builders alike use historical fountains and water features to shape their creations. As such, the impact of adding one of these to your home decor binds it to past times. The benefit of having a garden fountain extends beyond its beauty as it also appeals to birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it emits into the atmosphere. For example, birds attracted by a fountain or birdbath can be useful because they fend off bothersome flying insects.

Putting in a wall water feature is your best solution for a little patio area because a spouting or cascading fountain occupies too much space. Two options to choose from include either a freestanding type with an even back set against a fence or wall in your garden, or a wall-mounted, self-contained type which is suspended on a wall. A water feature can be added to an existing wall if you include some kind of fountain mask as well as a basin to gather the water below. It is best not to attempt this job yourself as skilled plumbers and masons are best suited to do this type of work.