Humans are biophilic creatures. By surrounding ourselves with nature, be it in the form of water fountains, flowering plants, or pets, we experience the quietude that is often missing from our day-to-day routines. Yet natural beauty also requires care and maintenance. We are thus constant gardeners, as the saying goes, even if one's "garden" consists of a cat, a perennial house plant, and a wall fountain. It's not the form, but the peace that counts. At least that's what our mental therapists have to say about it.
From acrylic to Zen, there are a whole host of terms that you'll encounter as you shop for water fountains at SimplyFountains.com. To make things easier for you, we've compiled a glossary or dictionary of common water fountain-related words and their definitions. With our glossary, you'll learn that alga is the singular form of algae, and that water fountains made from a particular kind of acrylic are actually bulletproof - though we don't recommend testing them.
"Are we, perhaps, here just for saying: House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate, Jug, Fruit tree, Window, - possibly: Pillar, Tower?" So poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in his "Duino Elegy #9." Water fountains, like gardens or fruit trees, bring us back to the elemental things - the "things we can live with," as Rilke so humanely put it. Even a small tabletop fountain can interrupt time and draw one's attention to the "secret purpose of this sly Earth."
Water fountain owners are curious people. No, that doesn't mean that they're weird. It means that they like to know what things are and how they work, which is a quality we appreciate at SimplyFountains.com. (We also appreciate weirdness, by the way.) Our Water Fountain FAQ offers a brief look at some of the concerns that are often raised by fountain owners, including proper cleaning and maintenance procedures and why it keeps making that noise.
The building of elaborate water fountains has spanned human history and the entire globe, from the fifty fountains in Louis XIV's gardens at Versailles to King Fahd's Fountain in Saudi Arabia. So what is it about fountains that makes them such an important part of how we relate to our surroundings? Is it their beauty? Their utilitarian benefits? Their ability to help kings show off their wealth? This water fountain guide lists the secrets to their success.