Most people shop for animal outdoor fountains here at Soothing Walls simply to bring a ton of character to their space. After all, nothing will spark a conversation amongst your guests quite like a majestic lion head or meditating frog. These are dynamic pieces of art that can completely transform the overall feel of a deck or patio, or bring an incomparable level of mystery to the exterior of a home. However, what you may not know is that some of the animals commonly used are chosen for their symbolic meaning.
Although you do not have to choose a water feature based on the animal's symbolism, it is interesting to be aware of such information. It may even be helpful when trying to decide between two you just cannot live without.
Courtyard Lion Fountain - Large
Dimensions: 66"H x 62"W
This is probably the most widely used animal, and it has been the species of choice for significant pieces throughout history. Lions are loyal, confident, fiery, and territorial creatures, linked to honor, courage, strength, leadership, and royalty.
Frog Plinth Garden Fountain
Dimension: 19.25"H x 18"W x 10"D
This charming creature is a "yin energy" emblem, and considered good luck in feng shui, which is why it is commonly used in meditation-inspired fountains. Our Zen Plinth Outdoor Water Fountain is a great example. Frogs are also associated with purity, rebirth, luck, healing, and opportunity.
The world's smartest mammal is an obvious pick to showcase in a water element. After all, these friendly sea-dwelling creatures are adored by people of all ages. Dolphins are associated with several deities, including Aphrodite, Cupid, Neptune, and Bacchus, which is why they were so commonly used in Roman art. They symbolize harmony, gentleness, intelligence, friendship, contentment, community, and transcendence.
Not only are koi fish ponds a ton of work to maintain, the fish are extremely expensive. The Koi Fish Fountain we have here at Soothing Walls is a much more affordable and low-maintenance option to showcase this symbolic fish in your outdoor living space. The meaning of the Japanese koi varies based on color and pattern, but can include wealth, prosperity, success, and change. They are believed to encourage career advancement and long-lasting relationships.
Elephant Family Fountain
Dimensions: 47" H x 34" W x 15" D (base)
These gentle giants are nearly impossible to find on outdoor fountains, which is why our Elephant Family Fountain is such an in-demand piece. Elephants represent strength, stability, reliability, pride, and power. In Hinduism, Ganesha, the god of luck, is in elephant form.
Bear Family Fountain
Dimensions: 36" H x 23" W x 25" D
Most people shop for bear water features simply because this is a stunning, mysterious, and unpredictable species. However, bears are nurturing creatures, symbolizing confidence, protection and courage.
Here at Soothing Walls, you will also find many other species, including dragonflies, butterflies, seahorses, turtles, birds, raccoons, and otters.