had never heard of the word, rain chains until recently and had to google the meaning of it. Now I hope it becomes common item around here, because I love them! Do you know what a rain chain is?
Wikipedia tells how they are an alternative to a downspout and are widely used in Japan:
“Their purpose is largely decorative, to make a water feature out of the transport of rainwater from the guttering downwards to a drain or to a storage container. (Rainwater is sometimes collected for household usage.) They can be found on temples. Rain chains are typically either a series of metal cups, chained together with a hole in the bottom of each, or chain links that span vertically.Rain water run-off gets distributed from a rooftop gutter downward through the rain chain.”
So looking around I see that it’s how they started out but now a rain chain can be used decoratively in a garden or even used as a means of transferring water for storage. Rain chains, such as the one pictured here, are designed to transform a plain gutter downspout into a lovely water feature. This chains rain has each cup that is open at the bottom to efficiently guide the water to the ground, either to storage or even water a specific area in a garden.
I am thinking of various places downspouts can be . . . . where they kind of look ugly, especially by an entrance way. Wouldn’t this be so beautiful to have? I can picture my kids being excited when it rains so they can go out and watch the rain run through the chains of one of these. Rain chains would certainly make a wonderful gift, especially for Mother’s Day in the spring!