Tips for Putting in a Garden Water Element

brk-303-3__34127.jpg When thinking about where to set up your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. Occasionally new owners get so caught up in the thrill of their new purchase that they forget important details. If you need an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as conventional power cords are only 12 feet long. A convenient place to get water is vital since you will need to fill your fountain. It is difficult to move water from one place to another. A nearby water hose is helpful when time comes to fill the fountain. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be attached to an external water line and requires a professional to install it.

The Effect of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Landscaping

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was drastically changed by the appearance of the Normans in the later eleventh century.

The talent of the Normans exceeded the Anglo-Saxons' in architecture and farming at the time of the conquest. But home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the rest of the populace. Because of this, castles were cruder structures than monasteries: Monasteries were usually significant stone buildings set in the biggest and most fertile valleys, while castles were constructed on windy crests where their citizens dedicated time and space to tasks for offense and defense. Gardening, a placid occupation, was unfeasible in these unproductive fortifications. Berkeley Castle, potentially the most pristine model of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists now. It is said that the keep was developed during William the Conqueror's time. A massive terrace serves as a deterrent to invaders who would try to mine the walls of the building. On one of these terraces sits a stylish bowling green: it is coated in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is created into the shape of rough ramparts.

Statuary As a Staple of Vintage Art in Historic Greece

Archaic Greeks were known for creating the first freestanding statuary; up till then, most carvings were formed 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. The kouroi were seen by the Greeks to represent beauty and were sculpted with one foot leading and an uncompromising stiffness to their forward-facing poses; the male statues were always strapping, brawny, and nude. In about 650 BC, the varieties of the kouroi became life-sized. The Archaic period was an incredible point of change for the Greeks as they extended into new forms of government, created fresh expressions of art, and achieved insights of the men and women and cultures outside of Greece. Similar to many other times of historical conflict, disagreements were commonplace, and there were struggles between city-states like The Arcadian wars, the Spartan invasion of Samos.

The Stupendous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Located in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was relatively unknown and situated far from sight making it difficult to visit. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a sad and neglected part of the city. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to erect a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. Work on the church's infrastructure started on on August 11, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.

The Most Current Addition to the Chatsworth Gardens: "Revelation" Fountain

The renowned British sculptor Angela Conner created the Chatsworth ornamental exterior water feature called “Revelation.” In 2004/2005 she was commissioned by the late 11th Duke of Devonshire to design a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in brass and steel, for the Queen’s 80th birthday. “Revelation” was added in 1999 in Jack Pond, one of Chatsworth’s oldest ponds. Taking on the form of four large flower petals which open and close with the circulation of water, the metal fountain alternately hides and reveals a golden globe at the center of the sculpture. The sculpture’s proportions are five meters in height by five meters in width and features a metal globe coated with gold dust. The petals move depending on the movement of water, making this installation an exciting addition to the Gardens of Chatsworth.


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