Water fountains served both functional and aesthetic needs in the ancient Egyptian culture. The majority of water fountains at that time were found to be rectangular in shape, function as fish pond, were accompanied by green vegetations. Naturally running water from springs and other water sources which these ancient fountains relied on keep fountain water clean and pure. Traces of water fountains can also be discovered among different cultures and civilizations in history, including the Persians, Spanish, and Chinese. Style of water fountains differs in accordance with different cultural custom influence.
During Renaissance and Baroque times, the idea and fashion of water fountain found its way into Europe. Flamboyant water fountains incorporated with movement and life such as human and animal sculptures as features were particularly loved by Europeans. European developed their own style with the influence of Persian and Rome art and cultures. The design in water fountain and feature heavily reflects their love and dedication towards art and architectures of their times.
Areas with water fountains in the old days were used as town water source of daily usage for the public, as public assembly point, and as a gathering area for commercial activities, besides the economical value, the fountains also provide aesthetic need for the citizens of that city or area.
Today water features are choices given in outdoor decoration. Water features serve versatile decorative purposes; let it be home or business settings, private or public spaces. Water fountains are sources of relaxation and life in an area, from inside to outside. Water is naturally relaxing and in our fast-paced lives these days we crave anything that can add that feeling of relaxation to our days. This is the benefit of water features in everyday lives.