The Perfect Multi-Tiered Water Fountain for your Backyard

Fountains with multiple tiers can be seen just about anywhere and have been displayed in gardens for ages. twf030_ei__98017.jpg Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain generally have lots of multi-level fountains. The courtyards of buildings and communal areas are just a couple the places you might see one. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively basic types.

While they can be located just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic surroundings. It should seem as if the fountain has been part of the decor since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Fountains: A Must Have in any Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens typically feature a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered symbolic of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. It is unusual to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Many people also get a water fountain that includes a bamboo spout. Under the bamboo spout is generally a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. It should have a worn-down, weathered appearance as well. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more connected with nature. Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a simple decoration.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel.

The aim is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

If you are blessed enough to have a big section of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Nice add-ons include a babbling stream or tiny pool with koi in it.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Lots of people decide to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of flowing water.

Outdoor Water Fountains: Setup Recommendations

A water source and an electrical outlet are two crucial items that many people do not take into account when determining where they want to put in their garden fountain. The practical side of setting one up is often overlooked because people get so focused on the excitement of it. The majority of power cords are 12 feet long and call for a 120v outdoor electrical outlet, though an extension cord can always be added. Position your fountain in a place close to a water source as you will need to replenish it. It is difficult to move water from one location to another. The easiest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby garden hose. A water fountain autofill is yet another option, but will require the help of an expert who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

Where did Landscape Fountains Come From?

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Pure functionality was the original purpose of fountains. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs nearby. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times utilized by Romans to beautify their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise.

To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to extol their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm 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. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Fountain Worthy of Visiting

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have stumbled upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a sad and desolate part of the city. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to erect a fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 marked the date when construction on the church’s infrastructure started. The blessing of the first stone 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.

Inventors of the First Outdoor Fountains

Water fountain designers were multi-talented people from the 16th to the late 18th century, often serving as architects, sculptors, artisans, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one person. Leonardo da Vinci as a inspired genius, inventor and scientific expert exemplified this Renaissance artist. He methodically annotated his findings in his now celebrated notebooks about his research into the forces of nature and the qualities and mobility of water. Early Italian fountain designers transformed private villa settings into inspiring water displays complete of symbolic meaning and natural elegance by combining creativity with hydraulic and gardening experience. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, celebrated for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, provided the vision behind the splendors in Tivoli. For the various estates close to Florence, other water feature engineers were well versed in humanist topics and ancient technical texts, masterminding the extraordinary water marbles, water features and water antics.


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