Introduce the Energy of Feng Shui into Your Yard

Integrating feng shui design into your yard will help circulate its energy into your home and your life. brk-303-1__85451.jpg

Size is not the main concern when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. Of course, a huge area is fantastic if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to know your home’s bagua.

It is also crucial to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to maximize its energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be integrated in the northeast portion of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. A Zen garden with some lovely natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

People thinking about adding a water feature 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).

Ancient Greece: The Origins of Outdoor Statue Design

Although most sculptors were remunerated by the temples to decorate the detailed columns and archways with renderings of the gods of old, as the period came to a close, it became more common for sculptors to represent ordinary people as well mainly because many of Greeks had begun to think of their religion as superstitious rather than sacred. Sometimes, a representation of wealthy families' forefathers would be commissioned to be located within huge familial tombs, and portraiture, which would be replicated by the Romans upon their conquest of Greek civilization, also became commonplace. A point of aesthetic progression, the use of sculpture and alternate art forms transformed through the Greek Classical period, so it is not entirely accurate to suggest that the arts provided only one function. Whether to satisfy a visual desire or to commemorate the figures of religion, Greek sculpture was an innovative practice in the ancient world, which may well be what draws our focus currently.

Water Transport Strategies in Ancient Rome

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct assembled in Rome, started out providing the people living in the hills with water in 273 BC, although they had counted on natural springs up till then. When aqueducts or springs weren’t available, people dwelling at greater elevations turned to water removed from underground or rainwater, which was made possible by wells and cisterns. To offer water to Pincian Hill in the early 16th century, they applied the emerging strategy of redirecting the movement from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground channel. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. The manholes made it less demanding to maintain the channel, but it was also achievable to use buckets to extract water from the aqueduct, as we observed with Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi when he possessed the property from 1543 to 1552, the year he died. Although the cardinal also had a cistern to collect rainwater, it couldn't provide sufficient water. That is when he made a decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran directly below his residential property.

The Beautiful Cascade Fountain at the Garden of Chatsworth

The Cascade garden fountain forms a dazzling main feature to the gardens and is located at the rear of Chatsworth House. Twenty-four irregularly spaced stone steps stretch down the hillside for 200 yards in the direction of the house. The Cascade is founded on a 17th century French design and is totally gravity fed too. Created for the first Duke of Devonshire in 1696, this water fountain has continued unmodified ever since. The Cascade House overlooks the fountain, where water slowly flows downward. Marine creatures in bas-relief decorate the external part of the house which is a small-scale building. Just before proceeding down the Cascade, on special occasions water pressure to the Cascade may be increased, causing the Cascade House to become an element of the Cascade display, as water circulates through ducts on its rooftop and originating from the mouths of its carved sea creatures. The sounds of the water plunging fluctuates as it falls down the Cascades mainly because of the minor variation in the size of each step thereby creating a great and calming complement to a walking through the gardens. This cascade was chosen in a survey, carried out by Country Life in 2004, as the UK'sbest water fountain.

Explore the World’s Most Incredible Water Works

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. The water here shoots up to a elevation of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

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

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

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps function at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is located next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

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


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