A fountain may not have the ability to take years off our appearance but it does seem to hold a fascination and a power. Water is the essential constituent of life. Next to air it’s the most necessary ingredient in the maintenance of our health.
Water features tend to replicate natural settings and, in connecting us to nature, shift the environment for man-made to natural. They remind us of the awesome beauty of nature. That shift softens the hardness of an indoor space and takes the edge off the structured, concrete, four-walled, indoor environment.
Bringing water into unexpected places and in unexpected ways both suffuses a space with that life-giving energy and becomes, in itself, a work of art. Water features stimulate the senses, add movement to a static space and bring a soothing, restful sensibility, reminding us of the rhythms and undulations of water flowing in nature. Even the gentle background sounds can calm a monkey mind and soothe tattered nerves. They spark the memory of that day at the beach or that walk along the stream in that cool forest.
Fountains and water features can be $100 or $50,000 but each, in their own way, achieves the same transformation. A backyard can become a tropical oasis filled with plants, flowers and birds, adding that touch of gentleness to any hardscape. A courtyard can become a Zen retreat, the essence of stillness. Indoor, a water feature can go from a simple two-tiered bowl to a complete waterfall wall planted with tropical epiphytes. Water is precious, and bringing just a touch of its magic a little closer softens our living spaces and our inner spaces.
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