Fountains indicate and signal well-being to all. Not only that, they share their Karmic energy with all who see, hear, smell, taste and touch them. They are, and always have been, necessary for permanent settlements. We use them when ever we turn on a tap. Fountains have come to symbolize the generosity of a god, an institution or a person. They indicate abundance and ingenuity. In every culture they play a part in the mythology of life. In Scandinavian mythology, for example, the fountain of Mimir, source of hidden wisdom, lay under the roots of the great world tree and in Islamic culture fountains are found refered to in the Koran, in the garden called Paradise. In the Bible the passage: "It is done, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely," reflects the importance that fountains symbolised to the writers. Fountains are infinitely adaptable. They represent ingenuity and life, power and control. They can make you want to laugh and yet we worship at them. We make our offerings to them and entrust to them our wishes and secret joys.
The fact that it has always been so is illustrated by Morton who records that the Jesuit owners of the warm springs at Bagni di Vicarello decided in 1852 to send a gang of workmen from Rome to clean the spring which had become choked up. In draining it they came upon a layer of bronze and silver coins of the fourth century BC, and then layer upon layer until they came upon offerings which were made before the time of minted coins. These were rough scrapes of copper. At the bottom they found stone arrow heads and polished stone implements.
ountains are places of heightened awareness. They add quality of life throughout the world and are becoming available to more people all the time. They have no enemies. Why water fountains should have this effect nobody knows. Perhaps in part we hearken back to when our ancestors left the seas, or perhaps we are reassured bythe presence of an element we cannot survive without. Maybe the ionizing effect of the water fosters a feeling of well being, or perhaps the sound touches some early memories of life within the womb. Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, the eminent landscape architect, believes that "the underlying attraction of the movement of water and sand is biological. If we look more deeply we can see it as the basis of an abstract idea linking ourselves with the limitless mechanics of the universe." Whatever the reasons the fact remains that we will always enjoy and be refreshed by moving water. © Bryan Hirst