The Last Inclusion to the Gardens of Chatsworth: Revelation Fountain

Designed by popular English sculptor Angela Conner, Revelation is the newest addition to the Chatsworth decorative garden water features. 144533-1901__19040.jpg She was commissioned by the late 11th Duke of Devonshire to make a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in 2004/5 in commemoration of the Queen’s 80th birthday. In 1999 Revelation was installed in Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s oldest ponds. The four large metallic petals close and open with the movement of water, alternatively concealing and showing a golden globe at the sculpture’s heart. A steel globe painted with gold dust was integrated in the sculpture, which rests five meters in height and five meters in width. This most recent water fountain is an interesting addition to the Chatsworth Gardens because the petals’ motion is totally driven by water.

The Globe's Tallest Water Showpieces

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd with water heights of 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. Considered the highest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which shoots water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can attain up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working, even though it normally only reaches up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at number 7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Common Water Elements Found in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens typically feature a water element. They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts made of bamboo.

The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically constructed of natural stones, and water trickles out. It ought to have a worn-down, weathered appearance as well. So that the fountain looks at one with nature, people normally adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a nice add-on.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. The idea is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Popular water feature enhancements are a koi pond or any sort of little pool, or even a wandering brook.

Water, nevertheless, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Other alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to symbolize water. You can also gather flat stones and put them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Enticing Water Features for Felines

Does hearing water flow from the faucet make your cat come running? Do you find him guzzling toilet water or waiting before drinking water from his own dish? Cats do not like to drink water that is not moving, and this act demonstrates this. Typically, they do not drink standing water.

Felines in the wild actually get the hydration they need from meats containing water. For this reason, felines do not have a natural craving for much water. Pet cats, though, count on you for their water, as they do not get the enough hydration from their foods. Make water easily accessible to your cat by putting in a cat fountain.

Having one will ensure your pet has plenty of water at hand when it wants to drink. There are numerous different variations of fountains so you can get one that your cat really likes. There are fountains that always have nonstop flowing clean water while others have a basin which refills as your cat drinks from it.

Tiered Water Elements for your Lawn

Gardens are popular places to put up a multi-tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. The countries in the southern portion of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. Public squares and building courtyards are very popular places where you will see tiered fountains. Tiered fountains come in a wide range of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

People love to include them in spots having a more traditional look and feel. The fountain should blend right into the surroundings as if it has been there since the start.

The Original Fountain Designers

Frequently working as architects, sculptors, designers, engineers and discerning scholars, all in one, fountain designers were multi-faceted individuals from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century.

Leonardo da Vinci as a innovative intellect, inventor and scientific virtuoso exemplified this Renaissance master. The forces of nature led him to analyze the properties and movement of water, and due to his fascination, he systematically captured his experiences in his now renowned notebooks. Ingenious water displays full of symbolic meaning and natural grace converted private villa settings when early Italian fountain creators paired imagination with hydraulic and landscaping expertise. The splendors in Tivoli were created by the humanist Pirro Ligorio, who was celebrated for his skill in archeology, architecture and garden design. For the assorted estates in the vicinity of Florence, other fountain builders were well versed in humanist subject areas and ancient scientific texts, masterminding the excellent water marbles, water features and water jokes.


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