Standing ten feet and upwards to over twenty feet in height, large or municipal fountains are the centerpiece of many public spaces. They typically consist of bowls greater than five feet in diameter with a maximum of fifteen feet in diameter. “Roman” styles are more architectural exhibiting egg and dart detailing combined with fluting, reeding and acanthus. “Sculptural” styles are adorned with organic forms found in nature often with the addition of lifesize figures of people or animals. Spouting “remotes” located within the pool are often used to accent these pieces. Plumbing and electrical packages are designed individually. Sophisticated pumping systems are required to move the great amounts of water used in these designs; however, they may be easily customized for a specific effect. Cast Iron pool copings and inner pool rings are available for tiered effects.
With a maximum height of ten feet and bowl diameters no greater than six feet, Intermediate fountains are adaptable to a variety of spaces. Whether in an enclosed courtyard or on an estate lawn these pieces have presence. Some are operable with relatively unsophisticated recirculating pumps while others benefit form a more complex plumbing/electrical package.
At a maximum height of six to eight feet with bowl diameters smaller than three feet, small fountains are perfect for more intimate settings. One great advantage is they may be used with Robinson Iron’s ground basins. Less site work is required to install and they use small recirculating pumps that operate on 115 volts. Ground basins have a decorative “lip” in either an egg and dart or frog and turtle motif. A center conduit allows for overflow and electrical supply. A small stainless steel drain plug is installed for maintenance. The musical, almost “bell” tone quality of the water play in these fountains make them especially enjoyable.