A water feature can really transform a garden, whether it’s a small pebble fountain or an elaborate waterfall. A fountain not only looks beautiful, but the sound of trickling water can bring a serene, relaxing atmosphere to your garden – especially welcome if you live in a busy city. Not all of us have the room for a 10 foot high masterpiece in our back yard, but for some fountain inspiration read on to see our pick of stunning water features around the world.
Trevi Fountain, Rome
Designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi, the stunning Trevi Fountain was built in 1762 and is the largest Baroque fountain in the city. The fountain is one of the most recognisable in the world, and became Hollywood-famous after it’s appearances in La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday. Like a lot of fountains, coins are thrown in for good luck, traditionally by the right hand over the left shoulder.
The Fountain of Wealth, Singapore
Singapore’s Fountain of Wealth used to hold the title of largest fountain in the world, and it’s still very impressive with a base measuring no less than 1683 square metres and water which cascades from a 66 metre circumference bronze ring. The ring design is based on the Hindu Mandala, which symbolises oneness in spirit and unity.
Archibald Fountain, Sydney
The full title of this spectacular piece is the J.F Archibald Memorial Fountain, named after the editor of The Bullet magazine who provided funds to build it. It was completed in Paris in 1926 and designed by the French artist François-Léon Sicard, who sadly never got to see the sculpture placed in Sydney. Standing in Hyde Park, the design mixes Greek and Roman influences and includes statues of Apollo and Theseus and the Minotaur.
The Friendship of Nations Fountain, Moscow
A must-see when visiting Moscow, this bold fountain is hard to miss. It features 16 gold-plated statues to represent the former nations of the USSR, including Armenia, Ukraine, Estonia and Latvia. The figures form a circle around a wheat sheaf made from gold plated copper, while no less than 800 water jets form an ever-changing display.
Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas
Well known as a city of excess, the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas cost a staggering $40 million to build. Located at the forefront of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, the fountains are choreographed to music and perform a light and water show every 15 to 30 minutes. Made up of more than 1,000 fountain jets which can shoot up to 460 metres into the air, this display is like no other in the world.
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