Gian Bernini's Fountains

There are any number of famed Roman water fountains in its city center. One of the best ever sculptors and designers of the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini planned, created and built almost all of them. Marks of his life's efforts are apparent throughout the roads of Rome simply because, in addition to his skills as a fountain designer, he was also a city architect. Bernini's father, a celebrated Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they finally moved in Rome, to thoroughly express their artwork in the form of public water fountains and water features. An diligent employee, the young Bernini acquired praise and the backing of many popes and important artists. 6277-13804__96839.jpg At the start he was celebrated for his sculptural expertise. An authority in ancient Greek architecture, he utilized this knowledge as a starting point and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most remarkably in the Vatican. He was influenced by many a great artists, however, Michelangelo had the biggest effect on his work.

Use a Large Garden Fountains To Help Boost Air Quality

You can beautify your living area by installing an indoor wall fountain. Your senses and your health can benefit from the putting in of one of these indoor features. If you doubt the benefits of water fountains, just look at the research supporting this idea. The negative ions emitted by water features are offset by the positive ions produced by contemporary conveniences. Beneficial changes to both your emotional and physical well-being take place when the negative ions are overpowered by the positive ions.

You can become more alert, relaxed and lively due to an boost in the serotonin levels resulting from these types of features. An improved mood as well as a removal of air impurities comes from the negative ions released by indoor wall fountains Water features also help in eliminating allergens, pollutants among other types of irritants. And finally, water fountains are great at absorbing dust and microbes floating in the air and as a result in bettering your overall health.

The Beauty of Tiered Water Fountains

Fountains with more than one tier are very easy to find, and typical above all in gardens. The nations in the southern region of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. The courtyards of buildings and public squares are just a couple the areas you might see one. While some tiered fountains have intricate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

Although they can be found just about anywhere, they seem particularly at home in more classic environments. The fountain should look as old as the rest of the area and fit in accordingly.

The World’s Most Impressive Water Showpieces

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the leading continuously- running water fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

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

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes it on the list.

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

The Dubai Fountain opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building. Once every half 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).

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

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Style Options for Garden Water Features

When you want to chill out for a bit and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect spot. There is nothing as wonderful as one to unwind in, something you can keep in mind when you are working to get it set up. A beautiful garden will boost any property value, as “curb appeal” is key to the market value. There are many ways to enhance the visual beauty of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A water fountain can significantly transform the aesthetics of a garden. Where you once had a basic area, you will now have an outdoor wonderland. The trickling water of your fountain will not only give you a calming retreat, it will also attract wild birds and other friendly local animals. The rest of the garden will suddenly become just background to the beautiful new fountain.


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