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Historic Fountains and Modern Influences

Posted by Doug Gardner on

Basins carved from stone to capture water were thought to be first be made around 2000 BC, but it wasn’t until the Greeks introduced aqueducts that the first gravity powered fountains became a reality. The initial goal of the fountain was simply to gather and hold drinking water, but these ancient societies carved beautiful depictions of eagles, lions, and symbols from their mythology into these sometimes immense stone structures. In 6th century BC, the ruler of Athens, Peistratos, built what was thought to be the main fountain of Athens, which he called the Enneacrounos. This massive fountain was made of several large cannons and spouts, and was the source of clean drinking water for the residents of the city of Agora.

We often look to history for inspiration in design. Architects pull design elements from the classic Greek and Roman era because these are periods when great innovation, both in the sciences and the arts, led to some of the most visually breath taking installations the world had seen at that point. Even now, these elements continue to influence how we view, build, and enjoy the modern fountain.

Classic Looks That Stand the Test of Time

Every fountain is different, and what you choose for your commercial space, private residence, or public area should be influenced by local culture and your aesthetic goal. Some of the visually arresting styles available with modern stone and metal fountains retain the look and appeal of those classic structures that made such an impact on history. The Four Tier Renaissance in Tuscano Pool Outdoor Stone Fountain, for example, is influenced by the Renaissance period itself in France and Italy, which in turn were influenced by the classics.

How to Bring Historic Beauty to Your Fountain

Complimentary statues placed in or around the fountain.
Decorative spout heads modeled after animals, such as fish and lions.
Subtle use of coloring through brass elements.
Arrangements of plants, particularly Mediterranean varieties, can add classic appeal

An Air of Sophistication

There’s no doubt that an outdoor fountain itself is a sign that one pays great attention to the aesthetic appeal of the space. Even the sound of the fountain itself provides a calming undercurrent to the conversation of a crowd, the playing of live music, or the simple laughter of friends and family. Societies that have come long before our own quickly realized that outdoor fountains not only provide a valuable source of clean drinking water, but that it also makes for a more refined environment and a calmer atmosphere.

Whether you own a retail space and need a unique and natural element, or you are searching for that perfect compliment to your home, outdoor fountains have remained a popular expression of prosperity and good health throughout the centuries. Finding the perfect fountain to match the look and feel of your space is important, but if you need inspiration, it never hurts to look toward the classics.