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2016/2.1, February 3 -- Acrylic-Panel Spa, Elegant Staging, Pond Duties and more

THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        February 3, 2016                                                                                               www.watershapes.com

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Elegance Squared  

Designing a watershape to complement a dynamic fountain sculpture is mostly about viewpoints, writes Brian Van Bower.  But fitting it into the context of a larger and equally vibrant entertainment space?  As he discusses here, that calls for thinking theatrically as well.   [more]

SPRING CLEANING

Aquatic Chores
 
Once each year, notes Eric Triplett, it's a good idea to dig in and clean up an ecosystem pond.  That means lowering the water level, removing and storing the fish -- and, as this first video in a five-part series demonstrates, tackling a bit of routine equipment maintenance as well.   [more]

FEATURE ARTICLE
Transparent Advantages

Finding himself in a new city in the midst of the Great Recession, Tanr Ross was willing to guide these clients through seven distinct designs on his way to an innovative (and successful) eighth approach -- a situation made both workable and tolerable by a key design tool.   [more]

ESSENTIAL
Graphic Appeal             

For more than three decades, industrial designer, educator and inventor Stephen Pevnick has quietly been producing the mind-bending systems he calls 'Graphical Waterfalls' -- highly specialized watershapes in which letters, words and images are formed with remarkable clarity within fine sheets of falling water.  He discusses this mesmerizing effect here and its role in capturing attention and conveying messages in unique and surprising ways.
 
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in August 2007, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.

TRAVELOGUE
Pride of the Yavapai

In a project that brought technology together with a design gleaned from the Sonoran Desert and the cultural heritage of the Yavapai Nation, Bill Gullekson and Chris Doyle were driven to pinnacles of aquatic creativity and design intricacy -- all on display for you to see near Phoenix.    [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD
Simply Stunning

When Jim McCloskey sees something truly new in the watersahaping realm, he reacts like a kid in a candy store.  He definitely has had his sweet tooth tantalized recently by information about two epic watershaping feats -- one hidden in California, the other on display in China.   [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .

Monkey Business Dept.:  These primates certainly know a thing or two about the joys of hot-water living.  [more]
They take the concept of 'relaxation' up a notch or two.

 

Symphonic Ambitions Dept.:  Composer reroutes a river through a house and uses water as instruments.   [more] 
The music is great, but the staging?  A masterpiece!      

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Seeking Perfection             
 
When Mark Holden addressed this subject in his January/February 2011 Currents column, it was one of the day's hottest topics -- and as you'll see by clicking here, it's still taking its own sweet time to cool.
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Bobé Water & Fire Introduces Tiki Torches  

Bobé Water & Fire Features (Phoenix, AZ) had added hand-formed copper tiki torches to its line of products.  Measuring 80 inches tall, the posts are available with either a smooth or a bamboo appearance and come with torch heads in two styles:  one in which flames emit from the top of the torch, the other with an open structure for a livelier flame.  For details, click here.
 
Laticrete Offers SpectraLock 'Dazzle' Grout Additives 
    
Laticrete (Bethany, CT) makes SpectraLock Dazzle to bring metallic and glow-in-the-dark enhancements to its SpectraLock line of grouts for pools, spas and other applications.  The material, which accentuates the look of metallic tiles, glass tiles, mosaics, stone and listellos with unique visual textures, is available in 13 colors and will not fade or deteriorate.  For details, click here
WPN UPDATE
The Value
of a Network

 

Through the years, lots of watershapers have invested generously in building beautiful web sites, then wondered why they weren't translating more directly into contacts and leads.  The answer?  Building a strong web presence as a stand-alone site is a tough way to go -- and that's precisely why we started the WaterShapes Professional Network.
 
By building a collective presence in which dozens and, eventually,  hundreds of sites participate as an interlinked colossus, we become a group entity the search engines can't overlook.  So if it's a strong (or stronger) web presence you're after, click here and have a look. 
The Network is growing:  Time to climb aboard?
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