The Early Civilization: Fountains

The Early Civilization: FountainsEarly Civilization: Fountains 71527193.jpg Fountains and Water and the Minoan Civilization They not merely helped with the water supplies, they extracted rainwater and wastewater as well. The principle components utilized were stone or terracotta. Whenever prepared from clay, they were generally in the shape of canals and circular or rectangular piping. There are a couple of illustrations of Minoan terracotta piping, those with a shortened cone form and a U-shape which have not been seen in any culture since that time. Terracotta piping were used to administer water at Knossos Palace, running up to three meters under the floor surfaces. The terracotta water lines were also made use of for gathering and saving water. Hence, these pipelines had to be ready to: Below ground Water Transportation: Originally this particular technique would seem to have been designed not quite for comfort but to give water to chosen people or rites without it being observed. Quality Water Transportation: Some historians think that these water lines were used to generate a different distribution system for the castle.

The Genesis Of Wall Fountains

The Genesis Of Wall Fountains 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.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were simply meant to serve as functional elements. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water source, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and celebrate the designer. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often used by Romans to beautify their fountains. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the nineteenth century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to supply drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. 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 events.

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