Pets and Fountains

The Outdoor Water Features

The Outdoor Water Features Water fountains were initially practical in function, used to bring water from canals or springs to cities and hamlets, providing the inhabitants with clean water to drink, wash, and prepare food with. A source of water higher in elevation than the fountain was needed to pressurize the flow and send water squirting from the fountain's spout, a technology without equal until the late nineteenth century. Commonly used as monuments and commemorative edifices, water fountains have influenced travelers from all over the world throughout the centuries. The common fountains of today bear little resemblance to the first water fountains. Simple stone basins sculpted from nearby stone were the first fountains, used for religious ceremonies and drinking water.Outdoor Water Features 395351411151506.jpg Pure stone basins as fountains have been recovered from 2,000 BC. The first fountains used in ancient civilizations depended on gravity to control the circulation of water through the fountain. These historic fountains were designed to be functional, frequently situated along aqueducts, streams and rivers to supply drinking water. Creatures, Gods, and Spiritual figures dominated the early decorative Roman fountains, starting to appear in about 6 B.C.. A well-designed collection of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public fountains supplied with fresh water.

Where did Fountains Come From?

Where did Fountains Come From? A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

The central purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs nearby. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity.Fountains  Come From? 559198108018.jpg Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and celebrate the artist. Roman fountains usually depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of metal or stone masks. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. To show his prominence over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains built to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

Urban fountains built at the end of the 19th century served only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Nowadays, fountains decorate public spaces and are used to recognize individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

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