The Magnificent Trevi Fountain of Italy

Fontana di Trevi, or Trevi Fountain, is a magnificent outdoor fountain lodged in the Trevi district of Rome. With its distinct Renaissance charm set against the meticulously sculptured backdrop, there's no wonder that this fountain has become one of the best tourist spots in the area. It stands more than 26 meters in height and spans less than 50 meters in width. The Trevi Fountain has been featured as a muse in art, film and literature, appearing in many classics due to its unfading beauty and thrilling history. 

Two Italian geniuses wrought the fountain. Architect Nicola Salvi designed the grand monument, which was then completed by the Baroque sculptor Pietry Bracci, whose other works included the tomb for Benedict XIII and Benedict XIV. The fountain was commissioned by Pope Clement XII, who organized a contest for the best design. Nicola Salvi took home the crown in place of Alessandro Galilei—whose design was considered as the crowd's favorite.

In 1732, work began and it took 30 years for the fountain to be completed. Salvi died without seeing his work, but he did successfully remove a slight blemish: a barber’s sign, behind one of the sculpted vases. This vase was then called Asso di Coppe, or the ace of cups. Giuseppe Panini took Salve’s place in completing the task, and in 1762, the fountain was officially inaugurated by none other than Pope Clemens XIII. Since then, the Trevi Fountain has become one of the most outstanding landmarks in Rome.

Salve's winning design involved a story, victoriously translated in detailed stonework. The central figure is the god Oceanus, assisted by two Tritons. One successfully manages to tame a sea horse, while the other struggles to master his animal. This symbolizes the two extreme moods of the sea: a calm, quiet surface in contrast to the strong, roaring tides. Looking entirely like a marbled stage set, one of the reliefs picture out a young virgin girl, pointing to the spring where the water flows. This is to symbolize Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct built in 19 BC. Other figures are actually allegorical symbols, making this fountain rich in narrative just as in art.

Time wears out every tangible material, and the Trevi Fountain was not built to last forever. The fountain has undergone its first refurbishing in 1998, where artists paid detail to the cracks and deterioration this magnificent structure has undergone. Following up, Italian brand Fendi has laid out a thorough, 20-month restoration project for the landmark in 2013, sponsoring more than 2 million Euros for the said task. The work started in June 2014 and ended in November 2015, where an official ceremony signaled the reopening of this glorious monument. Among its modern installations are a hundred LED lights that glows like night time stars, offering better illumination of the fountain.

Today, crowds of thousands visit Rome for the Trevi fountain, tossing coins and making wishes, hoping it will come true. However, this ritual is done with a bit of a flair; one must throw their coin with their back facing the fountain, and their right hand over their left shoulder. One amazing fact about the Trevi Fountain: an estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown in the fountain each day! People are forbidden to steal coins from the fountain; other than it is bad lack, they are also robbing an amount to be used to help Rome’s needy.

Looking for an outdoor fountain reminiscent to Rome’s Trevi Fountain? Check out our people outdoor fountains!

The Bellagio Fountains – Grandeur at Its Finest

The Bellagio Fountains – Grandeur at Its Finest

The Bellagio Fountains of Las Vegas are arguably the most famous fountains in the United States. These world-renowned fountains are located on a vast, manmade lake in front of the Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel. Popular performances take place each night in front of the Bellagio, and they can be viewed from many different points along the Las Vegas Strip. In the afternoons, the shows take place at 30 minute intervals and at 15 minute intervals from 8 pm until 12 am. Two minutes prior to a show, the lights that illuminate the Bellagio Hotel will change to red, white, and blue or purple – depending on the particular music that’s playing. It’s not uncommon for additional shows to play for special occasions, like weddings.

What makes the performances of the Bellagio Fountains so special is how intricately they are choreographed, and the shows are choreographed to a wide variety of different music. Some of the more well-known pieces of music used in the shows include “My Heart Will Go On”, “God Bless the USA”, and “Viva Las Vegas”.

The lake where the fountains reside measures approximately 8 acres in size. The water in the lake is provided by a fresh water well that was dug decades ago for the purpose of irrigating a golf course that used to be on the property where the hotel is now built. The lake and the fountains use far less water than irrigating the golf course did. The fountains are powered by a system of pipes and more than 1,200 nozzles, which are what make it possible for the fountain displays to be put on in conjunction with more than 4,000 lights. During construction, the fountain cost slightly more than $40 million to build, and it was designed and built by WET. WET is a design firm that specializes in the creation and construction of architectural water features and innovative fountains.

The Bellagio Fountains employ four specific types of nozzles to create the different effects seen during a show:

  • Extreme Shooters – There are 16 Extreme Shooters, which are capable of sending jets of water over 450 feet in the air.
  • Super Shooters – The Fountains feature 192 Super Shooters, which can blast water as high as 260 feet in the air.
  • Shooters – The Shooters send water upwards in jets, which reach varying heights. The Fountains boast 798 Shooters in total.
  • Oarsmen – These nozzles are so called because they have a wide range of spherical motions. There are 208 Oarsmen altogether.

The Bellagio Fountains are a work of art in and of themselves, but the complex and intricate designs created to build this masterpiece are truly astonishing. Their design is often emulated by other design firms, but it can never be truly replicated.

If you ever happen to visit Las Vegas, you are strongly encouraged to check out one of the Bellagio Fountains’ water shows.

The Swarovski Fountain: Ahead of the Rest

If you’ve never heard of Swarovski then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Everyone in the new world knows or has seen the gorgeous crystals that the company is well known for. Swarovski specializes in luxury glass products, high end cut crystals, and intricate jewelry design. Their intimate retail stores can be found in just about every mall in North America, with the main headquarters located in Austria. The company was founded by Daniel Swarovski in 1895, after he decided to make crystals more easily accessible to people around the world. He harnessed their beauty and skillfully created masterpieces of art, jewelry, and décor. His work can be seen in the form of rings, earrings, necklaces, ornaments, loose crystals and even…a fountain. That’s right, you read that correctly, a fountain.

The Swarovski Fountain is located in the town of Wattens, Austria, just outside of Innsbruck. It operates as part of the Crystal World theme park that is also run by the Swarovski company. From the outside, the massive fountain appears to be a giant head, one reminiscent of the totem heads of Easter Island but in a rounder fashion. It was constructed in such a way that it’s become part of the surrounding landscape, actually blending into the grassy hill in which it protrudes from. The two eyes, made of Swarovski glass, shine brightly in the sunlight and the large mouth lays open to let an out pour of water fountain down into the park’s pond below.

The outside, a stunning display of ingenuity and creative undertaking, is nothing compared to what’s inside. The fountain itself is actually the home of a very unique museum of sorts. Inside, visitors of the theme park can view numerous exhibitions created using the very crystals the Swarovski company is well known for. If that’s not interesting enough for you then consider this; the moss covered head and the fountain which pours from its mouth are situated at the entrance of the exhibit. To keep the allure of the attraction natural in appearance, moss hangs heavily from the head and the hills it sits on to overhang the entire entrance along the bottom. Victors can line up outside and admire the one-of-a-kind fountain display while waiting to enter the near hidden entrance to the crystal museum.

We all can’t have spectacular outdoor fountains such as the Swarovski Fountain, but we can display some impressive pieces around the exterior of our homes and/or offices. Outdoor fountains lend a certain tranquil beauty to the space it occupies and gives visitors a sense of calming peace. Check out some fabulous and more realistic outdoor fountains here.

Top Large Outdoor Fountains of 2016

The sound of water brings serenity and tranquility to a space. Why not bring this sense of peace to your outdoor space with a water fountain that not only is therapeutic but makes a major statement in design. Plus, in Feng Shui, a water fountain in your yard brings your home good luck, prosperity, and abundance. Whether it’s in your front yard giving your home major curb appeal, or in your back yard creating a soothing retreat, a large water feature will make all the difference.

Below are the top large outdoor fountains of 2016


 1. Monteros Tiered Outdoor Water Fountain in Basin

This understated beauty weighs in at 3760 pounds and is 104” x 78”. The Monteros Tiered Outdoor Water Fountain’s three tiered design and round basin creates a sense of classical splendor that will make a profound statement in your yard. This fountain, like most of our products, is available to be customized in a variety of finishes, making it possible to match your home facade. 


2. Large Vase with Wok Garden Water Fountain

Wanting something a little more understated and modern? Look no further than the Large Vase with Wok Garden Water Fountain. Standing tall at 55” this sleek design will add a fabulous contemporary style to any outdoor area. Whether it’s on your back patio, nestled in the middle of your garden or a piece of your front yard landscaping this fountain was made to make a subtle yet significant statement.


3. Bavarian Outdoor Wall Water Fountain with Pedestals

The Bavarian Outdoor Wall water Fountain with Pedestals brings that old world, European charm to any outdoor space. Made with very durable cast stone, and standing at 75” tall and 48” wide this luxurious fountain was designed to be set up against a fence or garden wall making it quite the space saver despite its grand size.


4. Ball and Bowl Outdoor Water Fountain

The contemporary and clean look of the Ball and Bowl Outdoor Water Fountain will bring that true serene feeling to your outdoor space. In Feng Shui a sphere is seen as the perfect shape. There is no beginning our end like Ying and Yang. It also brings balance and unification to a space. With its massive 59” x 72” design and its choices in color this fountain will be the most unique piece at your home.


5. Plumbed Large Lion Outdoor Water Fountain

You can’t talk about large outdoor fountains without mentioning the Lion. The Plumbed Large Lion Outdoor Water Fountain will bring a true sense of power and regal-like design. The base and each tier is surrounded by the symbolic lion that symbolizes strength and courage. Throughout history and even now, a statement water feature with a Lion is the ultimate sign of affluence and this 97” tall fountain will be the ultimate statement of dominance at your home.

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Revitalize Your Yard with a Water Feature

If your property wasn’t blessed with a natural body of water, why not add your own. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Adding a self-contained water fountain is an easy fix to freshen up a yard in which the décor is a little stagnant. If you have the time and energy to put a bit more elbow grease into a do-it-yourself project, landscaping and constructing your own babbling backyard brook is an inspiring and rewarding project to take on. Choosing any of the following water feature ideas will provide priceless relaxing ambiance and joy to your guests and increase your property value while you’re at it. All that’s left to do is pour yourself a cold beverage and kick your feet up next to your new at-home oasis.


Water Fountain

A tasteful water feature can double as a piece of art, making it a great investment. Unlike DIY projects, water fountains offer instant payoff and years of relaxing enjoyment. A waterfall fountain can work in harmony with other water features in your yard when placed next to a pre-existing pool, pond, or stream. With the right mix of plant life and landscaping, a water fountain is a beautiful addition on its own.


Build Your Own Stream

The years of enjoyment you’ll get out of a man-made pond are worth the afternoon of set-up and weekly maintenance which will be required. If your property is on a slight incline, you can let gravity and gravel act as a natural filtration system for your stream. Just install an underground sump at the bottom end of the stream to pump the filtered water back to the top. For a more audible “babbling brook” sound, choose a plot of land with a steeper incline. Only a few inches of incline are needed for your stream to produce relaxing sounds as it flows. Once you have plotted the perfect location and dug a hole (use an irregular shape for the most natural look), simply line it with a waterproof sheet of PVC. Cover the bottom of the stream with smooth, flat stones to prevent punctures in the PVC and hold it discreetly in place. Then enjoy the soothing sounds of your own mini stream as it runs through your property.


Koi Pond

This is an impressive and rewarding project for those who like to entertain. It’s especially a hit with children as they can learn to help care for a pet as they watch the fish grow over the years. Koi can grow up to 3 feet long, so be sure to give them a pond with ample space and fresh water which is filtered or changed regularly. Choose a flat area of soft ground for this dramatic new water feature, and buy a pump and a filter to ensure the water is a clean and comfortable environment for your fish to thrive in. Once your hole is dug and your plastic base is cut, placed, and hidden with soil at the edges, spray a protective coating on the plastic and allow it to dry. Fill the pond with fresh spring water, or tap water balanced with a de-chlorinator (read label for instructions). Then add gravel to the bottom, and beneficial bacteria according to package directions. Once your pump and filter are working and the water has been balanced to an optimal quality, introduce your fish and enjoy!

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Top Modern Fountains of 2016

Sometimes it is the simple curves or the symmetry of objects that brings out the balance of an outdoor space. And often, as it has been said a thousand times over, modern pieces can artfully bring together natural elements of a garden or outdoor patio, and outdoor furniture.  The serenity of the outside is perfectly matched by clear cut lines, spheres, and sensuous curves symbolizing beauty of calmness we inherently recognize as a stillness we need against the busy, hurried life we often lead. Adding a contemporary outdoor water fountain is more than just aesthetics.

Below are the top modern fountains of 2016.


1. Scallop Monolith with Ball Outdoor Fountain 

Bold, geometric and delightfully unusual, the Scallop Monolith with Ball Garden Water Fountain features a perfect sphere perched atop a picturesque marble like rock face pillar in a square basin. Standing at 74” tall, water streams out from the top of the sphere and over the pillar, sparkling as it catches the sunlight. Imagine the soothing sounds of water flowing in your special outdoor area.


2. Ion Garden Water Fountain

Blending the best qualities of art and a water feature into a truly dynamic display,the Ion Garden Water Fountain is a modern piece with a very soft feel that contrast a modern linear style.  Standing at 53” tall, this garden fountain  is perfect for any outdoor area. The finishing techniques make every piece a uniquely beautiful and original work of art.


3. Rubix Garden Water Fountain

Combining intriguing texture with the soothing sounds of water in motion the Rubix Garden Water Fountain is a striking addition to your garden.  The 48”  sphere rests in the center of a wide, shallow bowl as water dances over the textured sides. The result is an enchanting, inviting atmosphere that will have you lingering around the garden every chance you get.

4. Small Vase Garden Water Fountain


Refreshing to the eyes and soothing to the ears, the Small Vase Garden Water Fountain is designed to meet today's artistic features our customers’ desire. Clean and chic lines accentuate the shimmering display of flowing water of this 45” tall water feature. Place this contemporary  garden fountain on your patio or in the garden to create a stunning focal point.


5. Spindel Garden Water Fountain


Stunning yet subdued in its sophistication, the Spindel Garden Water Fountain creates a graceful water display as well as soothing water sounds. This modern take on a tiered water fountain features a beautiful ensemble of tall, spindle-like pitchers and vases.  Steady streams of water running through them are great for infusing your environment with peace, tranquility and a unique beauty.


6. Servius Garden Water Fountain

Blending the best qualities of abstract art and a water feature into a truly dynamic display, the Servius Garden Water Fountain features a pair of twin fish that are beautifully designed with piercing eyes and fierce gills. Made of glass fiber reinforced concrete, this modern fountain creates a spell-binding focal point and a stunning conversation piece.


7. I Garden Water Fountain


Both a work of art and a sense-pleasing fountain, the I Garden Water Fountain features a beautiful curved pillar set in a square basin. Definitely eye-catching, it spans at 84” tall and 43” wide and will make a strong statement in any outdoor space.


8. Small Oblique With Ball Garden Water Fountain


Standing over three feet tall, the  Small Oblique With Ball Garden Water Fountain, an exquisite art piece that really stands out and draws the eye.  This modern outdoor fountain creates a stunning visual display as water sparkles and shimmers in the sunlight while the flowing water sounds it creates  are so relaxing you'll want to sit nearby for hours on end.


9. Steam Garden Water Fountain

An all-time favorite, the Steam Garden Water Fountain from GIST features a distinctive and eye-catching design. Standing at 55” tall and 36” wide, this contemporary garden water feature makes a gorgeous focal point that demands attention even in the largest of spaces.


10. Joli Garden Water Fountain

Take your outdoor setting to the next level by adding the Joli Garden Water Fountain.  A modern take on a classic tiered water feature, this modern fountain  won't overshadow your landscaping, but allows the flowing water to truly shine as it bubbles up and flows out four sides and into the basin.




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