And finally, I come around (I always do) to the unforgettable book by Yi-Fu Tuan, Dominance and Affection: The Making of Pets. I thought I had written about this book in the past, but maybe it wasn't on Livejournal. I do not suggest searching for "dominance and affection"+"livejournal" unless you're looking for something very different from a review of a book by a psychological geographer.
The book describes how history reflects a human tendency to control our environment through dominating not only other humans but animals, plants, and even more elemental structures. Read it and you will never look at a fountain the same way again.