Agrippa's Astonishing, but Mostly Forgotten Water-Lifting Technology

The praise Agrippa’s water-lifting creation was given by Andrea Bacci in 1588 was temporary. Just years afterward, in 1592, the earliest modern Roman aqueduct, the Acqua Felice, was attached to the Medici’s villa, possibly making the unit obsolete. The more likely explanation is that the system was discontinued once Franceso di Medici, Ferdinando’s siblingdied in 1588, leading him to give up his position as cardinal and go back to Florence where he took the throne as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Renaissance landscapes of the late 16th century were home to works including musical water fountains, scenographic water displays and water caprices (giochi d’acqua), but these were not filled with water in ways which went against gravity itself. ft-284_art2__17271.jpg

Style Variations for Outdoor Water Features

Gardens allow you to retreat into nature and be outside when you want. There is nothing as lovely as one to chill out in, something you can keep in mind when you are working to get it set up. A beautiful garden will augment any property value, as “curb appeal” is key to the market value. A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; consider adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some eye-catching statues.

A water fountain can make a considerable difference to the beauty and tranquility of your garden. A place of harmony and serenity will appear from what was at first just a simple spot. 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. All eyes will now be focused on the gorgeous fountain.

Recommendations for Choosing the Perfect Fountain for Your Needs

When you are deciding on a water fountain, be sure to give some thought to where you will install it.

Any high-traffic spots such as driveways, entryways, or roundabouts are perfect spots to install one.

It is also possible to buy a fountain made specifically to be placed against a wall. To install one against a wall, look for a bar or hook on the back made specifically for this purpose. Since the top part of your fountain is not stable on its own, ensure that it is secure against a wall to avoid damage caused by strong winds, wild animals, or other natural threats.

In communal places like parks where visitors tend to sit and unwind for a few minutes, you will notice one other option – the garden sculpture style.

The One Cleaning Solution to NEVER Use On Your Landscape Fountains

It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to function properly. Leaves, twigs, and bugs often find their way into fountains, so it is vital to keep yours free from such things. Another factor is that water that is subjected to sunlight is vulnerable to growing algae. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be blended into the water to prevent this problem. Some people opt for adding bleach into the water, but the downside is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

Experts suggest that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough scouring every 3-4 months. Before you can start washing it you need to empty out all of the water. Then use mild soap and a soft sponge to clean the interior of the reservoir.

Feel free to use a toothbrush if needed for any stubborn crevasses. Make sure all the soap is properly rinsed off.

Calcium and fresh water organisms could get inside the pump, so you should disassemble it to get it truly clean. Soaking it in vinegar for a time will make it easier to wash. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain substances that will build up inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

And finally, make sure the water level is continuously full in order to keep your fountain working optimally. Allowing the water level to get too low can cause damage to the pump - and you certainly don't want that!

The Famed Revelation Garden Fountain at Chatsworth Gardens

Angela Conner, the famous British sculptor, fashioned “Revelation,” the most recent addition to the appealing outdoor fountains of Chatsworth. In 2004/2005 she was commissioned by the late 11th Duke of Devonshire to produce a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in brass and steel, for the Queen’s 80th birthday. One of Chatsworth’s most well-known ponds, Jack Pond, had “Revelation” placed in it in 1999. Alternatively concealing and revealing a gold colored globe at the sculpture’s center, the metallic fountain takes the form of four large flower petals which open and close with the circulation of water. A metallic globe finished with gold dust was incorporated into the sculpture, which rests five meters high and five meters wide. The flower petals move based on the circulation of water, making this installation an exciting addition to the Chatsworth Garden grounds.

Multi-Tiered Fountains for your Garden

Fountains with multiple tiers can be found just about anywhere and have been featured in gardens for many years. These types of fountains are common in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries. The courtyards of buildings and communal areas are just two the places you might find one. Tiered fountains come in a wide range of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively simple types.

Traditional or classic settings are perfect spots for them.

The fountain should look as old as the rest of the area and blend in accordingly.


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