Bernini's Fountains

ft-282_art1__71196.jpg There are numerous celebrated water fountains in the city center of Rome. One of the greatest sculptors and designers of the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini designed, created and built almost all of them. Also a city designer, he had skills as a fountain designer, and marks of his life's work are noticeable throughout the avenues of Rome. Bernini's father, a renowned Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they ultimately moved to Rome, in order to fully express their art, primarily in the form of public water fountains and water features. The juvenile Bernini was an exceptional worker and earned compliments and patronage of important artists as well as popes. Originally he was well known for his sculpting skills. He used his knowledge and melded it effortlessly with Roman marble, most notably in the Vatican. Though he was influenced by many, Michelangelo had the most profound effect on him, both personally and professionally.

Tall Water Fountains Around the World

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. The water here jets up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water shooting 202 meters (663 feet).

Located next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded musical themes while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

And at number 8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

How to Pick the Most Suitable Spot for Your Water Feature

Before selecting a water fountain, take some time to think about specifically where you want to put it. Roundabouts and entryways are wonderful spots for them.

Certain fountains are specifically made to lean against a wall. Usually, they have something on the back of them like a hook or a bar with which you can use to attach them to a wall, post, or some other secure place. Bare in mind when you set up your fountain that you must safely affix it to a wall to avoid having it fall over in high winds and being damaged.

A popular spot to add a garden sculpture is traditionally in areas where people gather to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Anglo-Saxon Gardens During the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons felt incredible modifications to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans.

The Normans were better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But before concentrating on home-life or having the occasion to consider domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire population. Because of this, castles were cruder buildings than monasteries: Monasteries were usually significant stone buildings located in the biggest and most fertile valleys, while castles were built on windy crests where their residents dedicated time and space to tasks for offense and defense. Tranquil activities such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels. Berkeley Castle, maybe the most unspoiled model of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. The keep is said to date from the time of William the Conqueror. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstruction to assailants trying to dig under the castle walls. On one of these parapets is a scenic bowling green covered in grass and enclosed by an aged hedge of yew that has been designed into coarse battlements.

Gardens of Chatworth: The Revelation Water Fountain

“Revelation,” the most recent inclusion to the decorative garden fountains of Chatsworth, was designed by recognized British sculptor Angela Conner. The late 11th Duke of Devonshire mandated her, because of her work in brass and steel, to design a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth in celebration of the Queen’s 80th birthday. “Revelation” was added in 1999 in Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s earliest ponds. The four big steel flower petals close and open with the flow of water, alternatively concealing and revealing a gold colored globe at the sculpture’s heart. A metallic globe painted with gold dust was included in the sculpture, which rests five meters high and five meters wide. This most recent water fountain is an interesting addition to the Chatsworth Gardens because the petals’ movement is completely driven by water.

Wall Water Fountains: An Array of Design Choices

If you do not have a lot of space, the perfect solution is a garden wall fountain. These works of art will not take up much room and are simple to mount on any wall. Prices range from cheap to expensive and there are countless designs available so everyone should be able to find the best model for them. Moreover, you can find either decorated or unembellished ones that come in a range of sizes. A lot of homeowners who hope to add some liveliness to the exterior walls of their home get one of these alluring water fountains. If you want a different waterfall effect, give some thought to installing more than one fountain if you have space available on your wall.

A range of alternatives are available to you when it comes to putting in a garden fountain. Which one to purchase and where to install it are the initial decisions you have to make.

A Solar Powered Large Outdoor Fountain

Do you want to make your personal space just a little more beautiful? Well, think about adding elegance and value to your residence by installing a solar water fountain. Solar powered water features can be a wiser investment versus electric ones because they not only improve one's well-being but they offer other interesting monetary perks. While you may spend a bit upfront, the savings that you make in the long-run are worth it. Despite periodic power shortages, your fountain will not be affected because it does not run on electricity.

Constant running water fountains will probably lead to a higher electric bill at the end of the month. The short-term benefits may not be noticeable, but keep in mind that the increased value of your home will be later on.

Spending more money on our electric bills is not the only downside - the environment is highly impacted too. Becoming “green” is just one of the pluses of setting up a solar water fountain running only on the power of the sun. Using solar energy to heat or cool your home is much better for our planet.

Less maintenance is a result of adding this kind of fountain. Clogs are avoided because there is no motor - which leads to less cleaning. And this means more fun for you!


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