Fountains are inextricably a part of everyone’s life. No doubt, if you were to search through all of the photos of your family vacations, you would discover a fountain in one of them. Either you or a neighbor owns a fountain of some particular shape and size, either indoors or out. Why do you think that is?
I have been designing and building custom waterfalls and ponds for over 30 years and have designed well over 2000 waterfalls and fountains. For many years I would maintain a booth at the San Diego Home and Garden Shows, both the spring and fall events. We would always have a small waterfall or fountain displayed in the booth; the fountains were either contained in pots or urns. It was inevitable that 90 % of the visitors to our booth would feel compelled to stick their finger in a fountain or two. This was usually the adults, not not just the children who did this. Most offenders were oblivious to the fact they were splattering the carpet with each insertion of a hand or finger.
So what is this strange phenomenon all about? Why is everyone drawn to a waterfall, fountain, river, lake, pond or ocean? The answer is: the water. Water is the essence of life. Oxygen is arguably the most important element, with water taking second place, followed by food. All living things are attracted to and drawn by water. For example, the animals in the Serengeti, all of which migrate and gravitate to the rivers, lakes and watering holes, are both hunters and the hunted. We too are drawn to water — look where the most desirable places are to live: on a stream, river, pond , lake or coastal shore. We all are fascinated and drawn by the sounds of water, rain tapping its music on the roof or window, the babbling of a brook, the song of a waterfall or soft gurgling of a stream. As an additional bonus, moving water generates an abundance of negative ions which exhilarates, relaxes and regenerates us while relieving stress and anxiety.
Did you ever notice that when you lie down along a babbling brook or stream, or on a blanket on the beach, you become extremely relaxed and find it easy to drift off to sleep? You are experiencing the effects of the additional negatively charged ions in the oxygen molecules. The same effects are felt when a summer rain storm is approaching… you can smell the exhilarating freshness of negatively charged ions in the air.
Man discovered that if he couldn’t live by the stream or waterfall, then he would bring the stream or waterfall to himself… and the simplest way is with a fountain, falling water. This is the sound of life, a symbol of life, beauty and tranquility.
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