Determing the Ideal Spot for Your Water Fountain

One of the first things to consider when choosing a water fountain is exactly where you intend to put it. They make gorgeous centerpieces in roundabouts and make a nice impression in driveways and entryways too.

It is also possible to purchase a fountain made especially to be mounted against a wall. They can be secured against a wall, post, or fence by using a bar or a hook fastened to the back. ft-282_art1__71196.jpg Such fountains are not stable on their own, therefore, be sure to affix it right away so that it does not topple over as a result of weather conditions, animals or other natural occurrences.

The garden sculpture style, yet another possibility, is ideal for parks or any place people are inclined to hang out to enjoy the fresh air and vistas.

Can Garden Wall Fountains Help Detoxify The Air?

An otherwise lackluster ambiance can be pepped up with an indoor wall fountain. Putting in this type of indoor feature positively affects your senses and your general well-being. If you doubt the benefits of water fountains, just look at the science supporting this idea. Water features in general generate negative ions which are then counterbalanced by the positive ions created by modern conveniences. The negative ions produced by these types of water features overtake the positive ones ending in positive changes to both your mental and physical wellness. They also raise serotonin levels, so you start to feel more alert, relaxed and invigorated. Indoor wall fountains {generate negative ions which serve to elevate your mood and eliminate air pollutants. Allergies, pollutants among other annoyances can be done away with by these water features. And finally, water fountains are excellent at absorbing dust and microbes floating in the air and as a result in bettering your general health.

Modern Garden Decoration: Fountains and their Roots

The dramatic or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, in addition to providing drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. 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 building it. Roman fountains usually depicted images of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles.

The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to exalt the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the spot where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

Nowadays, fountains decorate public spaces and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Why Your Your Furry Friends and Flying Visitors Relish Water Features

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water fountains bring in wildlife. The truth is that birds require water to: drink, bathe and preen. Robins, thrushes, orioles and warblers, though not attracted to bird feeders, are instead drawn to the motion of water created by fountains. Many flying creatures appreciate running water rather than of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Trickling fountains that splash around are audible from far away, attracting even more birds.

Dogs are attracted to fountains mainly because they provide another source of water. During the sweltering summer months, dogs and cats will be outside searching for clean water. Because water in fountains is always moving, they do not need much cleaning, whereas the still water of birdbaths collect debris and require more attention.

A Concise History of Public Fountains

The water from creeks and other sources was initially supplied to the citizens of nearby towns and cities via water fountains, whose design was mainly practical, not aesthetic. In the years before electrical power, the spray of fountains was driven by gravity alone, often using an aqueduct or water supply located far away in the surrounding mountains. The elegance and spectacle of fountains make them appropriate for traditional memorials. The common fountains of today bear little resemblance to the first water fountains. A natural stone basin, crafted from rock, was the very first fountain, used for holding water for drinking and ceremonial functions. The first stone basins are suspected to be from around 2000 BC. The force of gravity was the energy source that operated the oldest water fountains. Situated near reservoirs or creeks, the practical public water fountains furnished the local residents with fresh drinking water. Beasts, Gods, and Spiritual figures dominated the very early decorative Roman fountains, beginning to show up in about 6 B.C.. The City of Rome had an elaborate system of aqueducts that supplied the water for the many fountains that were located throughout the city.

Alluring Water Fountains for Kitties

Does your cat like to jump onto the counter when he hears the tap? Does he sip water from the toilet or check the water in his bowl before drinking it? Cats do not like to consume water that is not running, and this act shows this. Generally, they do not drink standing water.

Untamed cats get sufficient moisture from the meat they ingest. Therefore, felines never developed the impulse to drink water. Nevertheless, cats which do not hunt in the wild need adequate hydration, so you need to be sure they have an adequate source. With a cat fountain, you can be sure your cat has enough water around.

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

Multi-level Water Features for your Garden

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and popular above all in gardens. The countries in the southern region of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. Public squares and building courtyards are very popular places where you will find tiered fountains. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively simple types.

Traditional or classic locations are great spots for them. The fountain should blend right into the environment as if it has been there since the start.


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