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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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