Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Public Fountains

There are many famed Roman water fountains in its city center. Pretty much all of them were planned, architected and built by one of the greatest sculptors and artists of the 17th century, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. twf004__48973.jpg His skills as a fountain developer and also as a city architect, are observable all through the roads of Rome. A celebrated Florentine sculptor, Bernini's father mentored his young son, and they eventually transferred to Rome to thoroughly express their art, mainly in the form of community water fountains and water features. The juvenile Bernini was an exemplary worker and earned compliments and patronage of important artists as well as popes. He was originally renowned for his sculpture. An authority in classic Greek architecture, he used this knowledge as a platform and melded it seamlessly with Roman marble, most notably in the Vatican. Though many artists impacted his artistic endeavors, Michelangelo affected him the most.

Animals and Fountains

If you are thinking about getting a water feature, make sure your pets like it. Pets such as dogs could mistake your freestanding fountain with a big pool to cool off in or a pond from which to drink. Think about setting up a water fountain in your yard since it is a feature that will affect your much loved pets positively. Give some thought to the ideal place to put your water feature if you do not want birds to use it as a bathing pond. Putting a birdbath in your yard is the ideal answer if you want to attract birds. To prevent this, however, setting up a wall water fountain inside your home is a great option. Dentists’ and doctors’ offices as well as stately homes are just a few of the places where you can find these kinds of fountains.

Making Wind Bells and Wind Chimes

Wind chimes are typically crafted of metal or wood, and are often formed like tubes or rods; however, chimes may be made from countless different materials and can be formed in many different ways. Porcelain, keys, beads, stoneware, earthenware, natural stone, shell, bamboo, and glass are also commonly used to create wind chimes. Cutlery and cookie cutters are two unusual things that can be reused to create a more exotic looking wind chime.

The sounds created by wind chimes can be greatly altered by the material employed to create the chime. Utilizing recycled items such as these are not tunable to specific notes and can create either pleasant or dull sounds. Provided wind chime tubes are accurately sized, the sounds they generate are tunable to notes. Aluminum has the best internal damping of all typical metals; therefore, wind chimes created from aluminum have the longest and loudest-sounding chime.

A number of considerations which determine tone are material, metal, and heat treatment also whether or not a solid cylinder or a tube is employed. Tone is influenced by the thickness of a tube’s wall, if a tube is present. Tone may be affected as a consequence of the means chosen for suspending. The product used to make the object which strikes the chimes can also affect the tone quality.

In order to attain a higher, more ringing tone in clay wind chimes, there should be a higher final firing temperature utilized. Making use of a reduced heating temperature in ceramic produces a duller noise than does employing greater firing temperatures in stoneware clay. Wind chimes composed of stoneware are able to survive strong winds because} of their durability and they are less inclined to chip or sustain damage.

The Value of Wind Bells and Chimes in FengShui

Historically these wind-driven sound makers have a deep history – from the shaking of bones hung in ancient gardens to frighten away crows, to their use by early mariners to be instantly mindful of wind shifts.

Around 1000 BC, trained Chinese craftsmen cast bells in bronze to enhance religious ceremonies and frighten away malevolent spirits. Other areas, such as South Asia, Japan, Europe, and the Americas, eventually duplicated the practice of placing chimes in their homes. The serene tones and the gentle motions of wind chimes continued to be enjoyed all around the globe, as each culture enhanced them with their own significance and individualized flair.

Wind chimes play a vital role in the Chinese idea of feng shui (or “wind-water”), proposing that the positioning, pitch, and materials { used | utilized in construction could positively impact your personal living places.

A Chronicle of Landscape Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a learned man, reigned the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classical Greek texts into Latin. Embellishing Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the center of his ambitions. Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a desolate Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the bidding of the Pope. A mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of entry of an aqueduct, was a practice which was revived by Nicholas V. The present-day location of the Trevi Fountain was previously occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and built by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. Modifications and extensions, included in the restored aqueduct, eventually supplied the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

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