April 7, 2014 by Ray Yanek
There is something about a fountain that calms, that brings out the Parisian in me, and makes me want to sit on the edge of the fountain, or maybe sprawl on the grass with a glass of red wine and a loaf of crusty bread. Its the sounds of the gurgling, splashing water. It’s the beauty and care that goes into the stone, and cool,slight mist that covers you when you stand too close.
During the Roman Empire, fountains began as functional items. They served as the end stop for fresh water that the aqueducts shuttled down higher elevations. Soon, these fountains became works of art. Even though today fountains are no longer used for drinking purposes, the artistic purposes remain.
I kind of have a feeling that if you look very carefully at the pictures below, you’ll hear that water and feel that same mist…
The Trevi Fountain, Rome
The Trevi Fountain is Rome might be one of the most famous fountains, based on A movie called Three Coins in the Fountain that I’ve never seen. I have seen the Trevi Fountain though, and I marveled at it. Imagine hearing the water here, on a warm Roman night, while plays faintly in the background… If won’t do it, I sure will….
The Fountain in Trafalgar Square, London
Like the fountains of ancient Rome, the fountain at Trafalgar Square was once fed from a natural spring. The fountain was placed her for other functional reasons as well–it was used to break up the open space to avoid ‘riotous gatherings’.
The Fountain in Trafalgar Square, London (Night)
Forsyth Fountain in Forsyth Fountain, Savannah, Georgia
The photo above does not do the fountain justice of course, but it does do justice to the amazing approach. The walk is shaded by the bower of ancient oaks and Spanish moss, which of leads you to…
Forsyth Fountain in Forsyth Fountain, Savannah, Georgia (detail)
As if the beautiful walk wasn’t beautiful enough.
Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, Illinois
This one is close to home for me. Situated in Grant Park, there is visual appeal all around the fountain–from the skyline behind it to Lake Michigan just a little ways in front of it.
Crown Fountain, Chicago Illinois
Another one close to home and the first ‘modern’ art piece I’ve put here since starting the A to Z Challenge. The Crown Fountain stands in Millennium Park and the above photo is actually one of towers identical towers that face each other. Between the towers is a a shallow reflecting pool where children (and adults, I guess too) run and splash. The faces on the towers change at regular intervals.
Trafalgar Fountain (day): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trafalgar_Square,_London_2_-_Jun_2009.jpg
Trafalgar Fountain (night): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trafalgar_Square_LED_Fountains_-_June_2009.jpg
Forsyth Fountain (detail): http://www.visithistoricsavannah.com/images/blogs/savannah/forsythe-fountain-detail.jpg