Sculpture As a Staple of Classic Art in Ancient Greece

Archaic Greeks were renowned for developing the first freestanding statuary; up till then, most carvings were constructed out of walls and pillars as reliefs. Most of these freestanding sculptures were what is known as kouros figures, statues of young, attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. a-357__10924.jpg Regarded as by Greeks to represent beauty, the kouroi were structured into stiff, forward facing positions with one foot outstretched, and the male statues were always nude, well-built, and fit. Life-sized versions of the kouroi appeared beginning in 650 BC. A massive time of improvement for the Greeks, the Archaic period helped bring about new forms of government, expressions of art, and a greater appreciation of people and cultures outside of Greece. Throughout this time and other periods of historical tumultuousness, clashes often happened, most notably wars fought amongst city-states such as the Arcadian wars and the Spartan infiltration of Samos.

Selecting the Perfect Place for Your Water Feature

It is vital to think about how a water fountain will fit into your garden before buying one. The entryway to a hotel or building is a wonderful spot for them, as they offer a lovely welcome to guests.

If you choose to put yours against a wall, there are fountains designed expressly for this purpose. If you look on the back, you will notice a bar or some other piece to secure it against a wall, grate or fence. Keep in mind when you set up your fountain that you must securely attach it to a wall to avoid having it fall over in high winds and being damaged.

In public places like parks where people tend to sit and relax for a few minutes, you will notice one other option – the garden sculpture style.

The Positives of Fountains to Your Well-Being

Any space can be improved by the sights, sounds and improved air quality provided by outdoor fountains. Along with the many health benefits they provide, they also produce an ambiance which your friends and family will enjoy. Different people, however, discover that their fountain is valuable to them for many personal reasons. It may take you back to a special time or spot you fondly remember. It might remind you of that special someone. Or maybe you want to get one to remind you of someone you have lost. Regardless, it will be yours and yours alone and also bring so much to your life.

Tall Water Displays Across the World

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

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

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is number three on the list. Considered the highest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which shoots water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can reach up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working, even though it normally only hits up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The fountain shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

And finally we have the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Vitalize Your Backyard with the Use of Feng Shui

Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your residence.

Do not worry if your garden is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. Of course, a big area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

Feng shui techniques are the same whether you are working in your garden or your home. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your home’s bagua, so it is important to figure out your home’s first.

Before getting underway, make sure you comprehend the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal development energy. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might give some thought to putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Anyone thinking about including a water element into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).


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