The Origins Of Fountains

The Origins Of FountainsOrigins Fountains 5524183384596999849.jpg A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

The central purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Artists thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and celebrate the artist responsible for creating it. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational gatherings.

The Many Styles of Wall Fountains

Many Styles Wall Fountains 11142565624015501.jpg The Many Styles of Wall Fountains Having a wall fountain in your backyard or on a veranda is excellent when you wish to relax. You can have one custom-built to suit your requirements even if you have a small amount of space. Whether it is stand alone or mounted, you will need a spout, a water bowl, internal piping, and a pump. Traditional, contemporary, antique, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can choose.

Normally quite large, freestanding wall fountains, also referred to as floor fountains, have their basins on the floor.

It is possible to integrate a wall-mounted water feature onto an already existent wall or built into a new wall. A cohesive look can be realized with this style of fountain because it seems to become part of the scenery rather than an added element.

Your Fountain: Upkeep & Routine Service

Fountain: Upkeep & Routine Service 6198125893.jpg Your Fountain: Upkeep & Routine Service A vital first step before installing any outdoor wall feature is to think about the space you have available. A strong wall is absolutely needed to hold up its total weight. Therefore for smaller areas or walls, a light feature is going to be more appropriate. You will need to have an electrical socket in the vicinity of the fountain so it can be powered. Since there are many types of outdoor wall fountains, installation procedures vary, however the majority include user-friendly instructions.

Generally, when you purchase an outdoor wall fountain, it will come in an easy-to-use kit that will include all the needed information to install it properly. The kit contains a submersible pump, hoses as well as the basin, or reservoir. If the size is average, the basin can be concealed amongst your garden plants. Other than the regular cleaning, little servicing is required once your outdoor wall fountain is installed.

Replenishing and cleaning the water on a routine basis is very important. It is important to promptly remove debris such as leaves, twigs or other dreck. Extremely cold temperatures can affect your outdoor wall fountain so be sure to protect it during the winter months. Your pump may split when exposed to freezing water during the cold weather, so it is best to bring it indoors to prevent any damage. All in all, an outdoor wall fountain can last for any number of years with the right maintenance and care.

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