Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots

Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots 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.Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains Roots 41955466405638179363.jpg

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the designer who created it. The main components used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

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. The creation of special water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by swapping gravity with mechanical pumps.

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

The Dispersion of Water Fountain Design Knowledge

The Dispersion of Water Fountain Design Knowledge Contributing to the advancement of scientific technology were the published letters and illustrated books of the day. They were also the principal method of transferring useful hydraulic information and fountain design ideas all through Europe. An unnamed French water feature engineer became an globally celebrated hydraulic innovator in the late 1500's. By developing gardens and grottoes with built-in and amazing water features, he started off his career in Italy by getting Royal commissions in Brussels, London and Germany. In France, towards the closure of his lifetime, he published “The Principle of Moving Forces”, a publication that turned into the primary text on hydraulic mechanics and engineering.Dispersion Water Fountain Design Knowledge 47613010718204589192.jpg Describing contemporary hydraulic technologies, the book furthermore modernized critical hydraulic advancements of classical antiquity. As a mechanical means to push water, Archimedes invented the water screw, chief among key hydraulic advancements. An decorative water fountain with the sun warming the water in two vessels stashed in an adjacent area was shown in one illustration. The end result: the water fountain is triggered by the hot liquid expanding and ascending up the pipelines. The book also includes garden ponds, water wheels, water feature concepts.

The Father Of Roman Public Fountain Design

Father Roman  Public Fountain Design 37488325.jpg The Father Of Roman Public Fountain Design In Rome’s city center, there are countless easily recognized public fountains. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the most brilliant sculptors and artists of the 17th century designed, conceived and built nearly all of them. His skills as a water feature designer and also as a city designer, are visible throughout the avenues of Rome. Eventually travelling to Rome to completely express their art, chiefly in the form of public water fountains, Bernini’s father, a distinguished Florentine sculptor, guided his young son. An diligent employee, the young Bernini received compliments and the backing of various popes and important designers. At the beginning he was celebrated for his sculptural expertise. Most particularly in the Vatican, he used a base of experience in historical Greek architecture and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble. Although a variety of artists impacted his artistic endeavors, Michelangelo influenced him the most.
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