The Origins of Modern Wall Fountains

The Origins of Modern Wall Fountains The translation of hundreds of classical Greek documents into Latin was commissioned by the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Church in Rome from 1397 till 1455.Origins  Modern Wall Fountains 7871491204.jpg He undertook the beautification of Rome to make it into the worthy capital of the Christian world. Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had transported fresh drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the behest of the Pope. Building a mostra, a grandiose celebratory fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the entry point of an aqueduct, was a custom revived by Nicholas V. At the behest of the Pope, architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the construction of a wall fountain in the place where we now find the Trevi Fountain. Changes and extensions, included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually provided the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

Where did Fountains Originate from?

Where did Fountains Originate 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 primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher 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 decorate homes and celebrate the designer who created it. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate 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 arrival points of Roman aqueducts.Fountains Originate from? 03048267.jpg

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Embellishing city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains.

The Public Garden Fountains

Public Garden Fountains 9169092771980.jpg The Public Garden Fountains The water from springs and other sources was initially delivered to the inhabitants of nearby communities and municipalities by way of water fountains, whose design was primarily practical, not aesthetic. To make water flow through a fountain until the later part of the 1800’s, and create a jet of water, required the force of gravity and a water source such as a spring or reservoir, located higher than the fountain. Inspiring and impressive, large water fountains have been built as memorials in most societies. If you saw the earliest fountains, you wouldn't recognize them as fountains. A stone basin, carved from rock, was the very first fountain, used for containing water for drinking and spiritual purposes. Rock basins as fountains have been found from 2,000 B.C.. Gravity was the energy source that controlled the oldest water fountains. The location of the fountains was influenced by the water source, which is why you’ll commonly find them along reservoirs, waterways, or rivers. Fountains with decorative Gods, mythological monsters, and creatures began to appear in Rome in about 6 BC, made from natural stone and bronze. The people of Rome had an elaborate system of aqueducts that furnished the water for the countless fountains that were situated throughout the city.
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