Why Your Pets and Visiting Birds Enjoy Fountains

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. Birds must have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. There are some birds, such as robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers, which are not attracted to bird feeders, but are interested in fountains because of the moving water. While bowl-shaped bird baths can be unexciting to many birds, fountains are more inviting because of the moving water they generate. twfs016__70671.jpg Birds can hear the trickling and splashing and are even more likely to come visit.

Dogs love fountains because they provide another place to drink water. Dogs and cats will be outside looking out for clean water during hot temperatures. Because water in fountains is always moving, they do not need much maintenance, whereas the still water of birdbaths collect debris and require more attention.

Where did Large Garden 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 provide drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with drinking 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 higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move down or shoot high into the air.

Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. The main components used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create smaller variations of the gardens of paradise. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries manufactured 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 decorative. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for community spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational events.

Original Water Delivery Solutions in Rome

Rome’s 1st elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; before that, residents residing at higher elevations had to depend on local streams for their water. If citizens living at higher elevations did not have access to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to be dependent on the remaining existing techniques of the time, cisterns that collected rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that received the water from under ground. Beginning in the sixteenth century, a new approach was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean segments to provide water to Pincian Hill. Pozzi, or manholes, were engineered at standard intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. During the roughly 9 years he owned the property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi made use of these manholes to take water from the channel in buckets, though they were previously designed for the objective of cleaning and maintenance the aqueduct. Although the cardinal also had a cistern to collect rainwater, it didn’t produce a sufficient amount of water. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat just below his residence, and he had a shaft established to give him accessibility.

Eco-Friendly Fountains: Good for the Planet

Are you seeking to adorn your residence? Well, think about adding beauty and value to your residence by installing a solar water feature. You get all the rewards of an electrical fountain, as well as other financial benefits and an overall betterment to your health.

Despite initial expenses, the long-term investment in this type of fountain is worth it. You will not have to concern yourself about energy shortages as your fountain will not be driven by electricity.

Constant running water fountains will most probably lead to a higher electric bill at the end of the month. The short-term perks may not be noticeable, but keep in mind that the increased worth of your home will be later on.

Spending more money on our electric bills is not the only downside - the environment is negatively impacted too. Becoming “green” is just one of the pluses of installing a solar water fountain running only on the energy of the sun. The environment can only benefit from the use of solar powered houses and water fountains.

This kind of fountain needs less maintenance than others. Clogs are avoided because there is no motor - which means less cleaning. And because there is little cleaning to do, you will have more time to enjoy yourself!

The Many Types of Garden Fountains

Gardens are great places to take a breath from the day-to-day routine and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. If you are going to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the work it takes to do it properly. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your property will be driven up when you install an eye-catching garden. A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; give some thought to adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some special statues.

The visual appeal of any garden can be really improved by just adding a water fountain. Where you once had a simple area, you will now have an outdoor wonderland. You are not the only one who will enjoy the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly animals visiting. Before you know it, the whole entire garden or yard will have a new centerpiece.

A Magnificent Example of Roman Expertise: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of pagan and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a drab and desolate part of the city. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 saw the beginning of the task to put down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.


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