Bernini’s First Italian Fountains

Bernini’s First Italian Fountains 207125386288106.jpg Bernini’s First Italian Fountains One can see Bernini's earliest masterpiece, the Barcaccia fountain, at the foot of the Trinita dei Monti in Piaza di Spagna. To this day, you will see Roman residents and vacation goers occupying this spot to revel in chit chatter and being among other people. Today, the city streets surrounding Bernini's water fountain are a trendy area where people go to gather, something which the artist would have been pleased to learn. In about 1630, the great artist designed the very first water fountain of his career at the behest of Pope Ubano VIII. The fountain’s central theme is based on an enormous vessel slowly sinking into the Mediterranean. The great 16th century flood of the Tevere, which left the entire region inundated with water, was memorialized by the water fountain according to documents from the time. In 1665 Bernini traveled to France, in what was to be his only prolonged absence from Italy.

Where did Large Outdoor Fountains Begin?

Where did Large Outdoor Fountains Begin? The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home.

The central purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. 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 the power of gravity. Artists thought of fountains as wonderful additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and celebrate the designer responsible for creating it. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the building of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. The introduction of special water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

These days, fountains decorate public areas and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

Caring For Garden Wall Fountains

Caring For Garden Wall Fountains An important first step before installing any outdoor wall fountain is to analyze the area you have available. It is essential that the wall where you are going to put it is sturdy enough to support its weight. Areas or walls that are small will call for a lightweight fountain. In order to power the fountain, an electrical plug will need to be close by. There are many different models of fountains, each with their own set of simple, step-by-step instructions.

The general outdoor wall fountain is available in an easy-to-use kit that comes with everything you need and more to properly install it. A submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir, are included in the kit. The basin can normally be hidden away among your garden plants if it is not too big. Once your wall fountain is installed, all that is needed is regular cleaning and some light maintenance.

Replenishing and cleaning the water on a routine basis is very important.Caring Garden Wall Fountains 11670005.jpg It is important to promptly clear away debris such as leaves, twigs or other dreck. Extremely cold temperatures can affect your outdoor wall fountain so be sure to protect it during the winter months. Your pump may split when exposed to freezing water during the cold weather, so it is best to bring it indoors to prevent any damage. To sum up, your outdoor wall fountain will continue to be an amazing addition to your garden if you keep it well cared for and well maintained.

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