The Genesis Of Wall Fountains

The Genesis Of Wall Fountains The dramatic or decorative effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as delivering drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to provide potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using the force of 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 an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and memorialize the designer. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often utilized by Romans to beautify their fountains. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries manufactured baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements.Genesis Wall Fountains 4875148140417104.jpg Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

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

Keeping Your Outdoor Fountain Tidy

Keeping Your Outdoor Fountain Tidy Water fountains will last a very long time with scheduled cleaning and maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and bugs often find their way into fountains, so it is important to keep yours free from such debris. Also, algae is likely to build up wherever natural light meets water. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be mixed into the water to prevent this problem. Some people opt for adding bleach into the water, but the problem is that it harms wildlife - so it should be avoided.

Experts suggest that the typical garden fountain undergoes a thorough scouring every three-four months. Before you start cleaning, all the water must be removed. Then use a soft rag and gentle cleanser to scrub the inside. If there is intricate artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Any soap residue left on your fountain can harm it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

Calcium and fresh water organisms can get inside the pump, so you should really disassemble it to get it truly clean. Letting it soak in vinegar for a few hours first will make it much easier to clean. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain ingredients that will build up inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain every day and add water if you notice that the level is depleted. Low water levels can damage the pump - and you do not want that!

Acqua Vergine: The Remedy to Rome's Water Challenges

Acqua Vergine: The Remedy to Rome's Water Challenges Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct built in Rome, began delivering the people living in the hills with water in 273 BC, although they had relied on natural springs up till then. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the only technological innovations available at the time to supply water to spots of greater elevation. To supply water to Pincian Hill in the early sixteenth century, they implemented the new method of redirecting the circulation from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground channel. The aqueduct’s channel was made accessible by pozzi, or manholes, that were positioned along its length when it was initially built.Acqua Vergine: Remedy Rome's Water Challenges 98896942.jpg During the roughly nine years he had the property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi used these manholes to take water from the network in containers, though they were previously established for the function of cleaning and servicing the aqueduct. Reportedly, the rainwater cistern on his property wasn’t enough to fulfill his needs. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat directly below his property, and he had a shaft established to give him accessibility.
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