Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Antique style fountains

Fountains (from the Latin "fons" or "fontis", a source or spring) originally were purely functional and provided drinking water and bathing water from a conveniently placed outlet. The ancient Greeks and Romans love of all things decorative soon lent itself to designing ornate functional fountains. The Romans developed this even further and by using water pressure from water sources at higher levels created ornate water gardens with fountains spouting water high in to the air. Rome had around forty monumental fountains at one stage and the fountains, and public baths, were fed by nine aqueducts.

By using one of my favourite materials, fibreglass or GRP, classicly styled wall mounted and floor mounted fountains have been faithfully recreated. These lightweight, easily installed, and economical water features are supplied with a small recirculating pump and need no plumbing. Complementing planters are also available as you will have seen in earlier posts.

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