Pets and Fountains

The Earliest Fountains

The Earliest Fountains The water from rivers and other sources was initially supplied to the occupants of nearby towns and cities by way of water fountains, whose design was largely practical, not artistic. A supply of water higher in elevation than the fountain was necessary to pressurize the movement and send water squirting from the fountain's nozzle, a technology without equal until the later half of the nineteenth century. Inspiring and spectacular, big water fountains have been crafted as memorials in most civilizations. When you enjoy a fountain at present, that is definitely not what the very first water fountains looked like. The first recognized water fountain was a natural stone basin created that served as a receptacle for drinking water and ceremonial purposes.Earliest Fountains 8501061531326677986.jpg Pure stone basins as fountains have been recovered from 2000 B.C.. The earliest civilizations that made use of fountains depended on gravity to drive water through spigots. Drinking water was provided by public fountains, long before fountains became elaborate public statues, as attractive as they are functional. Fountains with ornate decoration started to appear in Rome in approximately 6 B.C., normally gods and wildlife, made with natural stone or bronze. The City of Rome had an elaborate system of aqueducts that furnished the water for the many fountains that were located throughout the city.

Rome, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, And Statuary Fountains

Rome,  Gian Lorenzo Bernini,  Statuary Fountains 7181730616288.jpg Rome, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, And Statuary Fountains There are many celebrated water fountains in Rome’s city center. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, one of the best sculptors and artists of the 17th century designed, created and built almost all of them. Also a city designer, he had capabilities as a water feature developer, and records of his life's work are evident throughout the roads of Rome. Bernini's father, a recognized Florentine sculptor, mentored his young son, and they eventually settled in Rome, to fully show their artwork in the form of public water features and water fountains. The young Bernini received compliments from Popes and influential artists alike, and was an excellent worker. Originally he was well known for his sculpting skills. An authority in historical Greek engineering, he used this knowledge as a foundation and melded it gracefully with Roman marble, most notably in the Vatican. Although a variety of artists impacted his artistic endeavors, Michelangelo affected him the most.

The Origins Of Outdoor Fountains

The Origins Of Outdoor Fountains A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

Pure functionality was the original purpose of fountains. Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move down or jet high into the air. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the artist who created it. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains made to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Urban fountains created at the end of the nineteenth functioned only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to enable fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.Origins Outdoor Fountains 7094002269092.jpg

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.

Creators of the First Water Fountains

Creators of the First Water FountainsCreators First Water Fountains 845749893533711.jpg Multi-talented people, fountain designers from the 16th to the late 18th century typically functioned as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and highly educated scholars all in one person. Exemplifying the Renaissance artist as a imaginative legend, Leonardo da Vinci toiled as an innovator and scientific guru. With his immense fascination regarding the forces of nature, he explored the qualities and mobility of water and carefully annotated his findings in his now much celebrated notebooks. Modifying private villa configurations into innovative water exhibits complete with symbolic significance and natural beauty, early Italian water fountain designers coupled creativity with hydraulic and horticultural abilities. The humanist Pirro Ligorio offered the vision behind the wonders in Tivoli and was recognized for his skill in archeology, architecture and garden design. For the various lands in the vicinity of Florence, other water feature builders were well versed in humanistic subject areas as well as ancient technical texts, masterminding the incredible water marbles, water attributes and water jokes.

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