The Genesis Of Fountains

ppd_712__34348.jpg The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to enhance your home.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow downwards or shoot high into the air. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and memorialize the artist. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. 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 main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

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

How Much Do Animals Benefit from Fountains

If you are thinking about getting a water feature, ensure that your pets like it. A pet dog or cat may think that a freestanding fountain is a big pool or a drinking pond. Your pets will not be negatively affected if you incorporate a wall water element to your yard. You may need to consider where you will locate the fountain as birds may take it as a bathing pond. If you intend to purposely attract birds, however, putting in a birdbath is an ideal solution. To prevent this, however, setting up a wall water fountain inside your residence is a great alternative. These types of fountains are perfect for dental and medical offices, not to mention grand estates.