The Most Recent Inclusion to the Gardens of Chatsworth: "Revelation" Fountain

Created by celebrated English sculptor Angela Conner, Revelation is the newest addition to the Chatsworth decorative exterior water features. In 2004/5 she was commissioned by the late 11th Duke of Devonshire to create a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in brass and steel, for the Queen’s 80th birthday bash. “Revelation” was placed in 1999 in Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s first ponds. Alternatively concealing and displaying a golden globe at the sculpture’s heart, the steel fountain takes the appearance of four large flower petals which open and close with the movement of water. A gold dust painted metal globe was created and incorporated to the large sculpture standing five meters high and five meters wide. 6130-12602__92131.jpg This most recent fountain is an intriguing addition to the Chatsworth Gardens because the petals’ movement is entirely run by water.

Big Water Displays Across the World

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain in the world. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

Reaching water levels of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the second highest worldwide.

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the U.S..

Next is the fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

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

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

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

How Fountains can be Good for the Environment

Have you always wanted to prettify the look of your residence? Well, think about adding beauty and value to your residence by installing a solar water fountain. They offer all the valuable benefits of electric fountains, such as improving health and general well-being but they also provide tremendous monetary perks. While you may spend a little more upfront, the savings that you make in the long-term are worth it. You will not have to worry about energy shortages as your fountain will not be fueled by electricity.

Running water fountains means that your use of electricity will increase and thus your monthly bill. Even though you might not instantly notice the short-term benefits, remember that your residence will certainly gain in value in the long-term.

Higher costs is not the only problem with using more electricity, the environment takes a big hit as well. Becoming “green” is just one of the pros of installing a solar water fountain running only on the power of the sun. The eco-system can only benefit from the use of solar powered houses and water fountains.

This type of fountain demands less maintenance than others. As there is no electrical motor that can get clogged, little cleaning is needed. Which ultimately means more time to chill out in your yard.

The Demand for Fountains in Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is complete without a water element. Since Japanese water fountains are considered emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. Since water is the most essential component of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. Under the bamboo spout is usually a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. Even when new, it should be designed to appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are frequently put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. Needless to say, this fountain is something more than just a basic decoration.

If you are looking for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Larger water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Lots of people add a koi pond or a tiny stream as a final touch.

Japanese fountains, on the other hand, do not necessarily need to have water in them. Good options include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to give the impression of a rippling brook.

Designing the Perfect Retreat Inside or Outdoors

The ideal feng shui fountain will go a long way towards helping you create a perfect peaceful haven. This can be accomplished rather easily with a garden or home waterfall. The best complement to your decor is this type of element. So that you can see your outdoor fountain from inside as well, select a good spot for it.

Do not forget to add plants and flowers, as they have an important impact on the charm of a water fountain. Plants and flowers that bloom in various seasons make the perfect accompaniment. Your fountain can be made even more individualized by adding items like statues or other artwork, picturesque shells, etc.


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