A friend of mine read the title of my blog last week, screwed up his face, looked up from his iPhone at me, and said, “Barns? That’s what you wrote about?” My answer was something to the effect that everyone has seen a barn and has SOME reaction to it, right? You might think they’re ugly or mysterious or beautiful, but you’ve gotta have an opinion.
And that’s why I write a blog every Wednesday. I anxiously await the comments from you, the readers of my posts, because I want to know what you think. I minored in Psychology in grad school and the mind is a fascinating thing. Everyone has an opinion about everything. Everyone has something to say about a subject.
So today’s subject is…FOUNTAINS.
A fountain is a piece of architecture which pours water into a basin or jets it into the air to either supply drinking water or for decorative/dramatic effect. Fountains were originally purely functional, used to provide drinking water and bathing water for the residents of cities, towns and villages. Until the late 1800’s most were operated by gravity and needed a source of water higher than the fountain, such as a spring or an aqueduct, to make the water flow or jet into the air.
In addition, they were used for decoration and to celebrate their builders. Roman fountains were decorated with bronze or stone masks of animals or heroes. In the Middle Ages, Moorish and Muslim garden designers used fountains to create miniature versions of the gardens of paradise. By the end of the 19th century, as indoor plumbing became the main source of drinking water, urban fountains were purely decorative. Mechanical pumps replaced gravity and fountains recycled the water that jetted into the air.
The highest such fountain in the world is King Fahd’s Fountain in Jeddah (left), Saudi Arabia, which spouts water 853 feet above the Red Sea. Today fountains decorate city parks, honor individuals or events, or are built for recreation and entertainment.
I love to sit and look at fountains, especially on a warm day – the spray misting my face in cool droplets. What do you think when you see a fountain? My inquiring mind would like to know.