Exploring the synergy among glass, light and water is what SWON Design is all about. From their roots as glass blowers and neon artists, the firm's founders, Michael Batchelor and Andrey Berezowsky, have branched out to create elaborate, vivid sculptures for architectural and landscape settings -- all reflecting their interest in developing shapes, colors and textures that both complement and accentuate the surroundings in which they appear.
This article, originally published in October 2005, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
An Illuminating Exercise
Knowing that his clients will almost certainly want to spend time enjoying their ponds after the sun goes down, Eric Triplett makes a point of including lights as part of all his projects. As this video demonstrates, it's an easy step -- but only if you're properly prepared for it. [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#12: Equipment Room
As Mike Farley discusses in this brief video, not many of his projects (or anyone else's, for that matter) include a fully enclosed equipment room or vault. They're great, he notes, but they also bring along some challenges that must be addressed if everything is to work as desired. [more]
A Prairie Experience
Any watershaper faces an embarrassment of visual riches while touring the sights in Chicago, but Jim McCloskey points out one among the city's many aquatic attractions that's too easily overlooked -- even though it should be near the top of any water-loving visitor's list. [more]
The Art of the Rectangle
The pool and spa are simple in shape, notes David Tisherman, yet the project was anything but: Built on an unstable hillside and intertwined with extensive remodeling of the clients' home, the serene finished product contrasts starkly with the work that went into assembling it. [more]
The Fullness of Time
WaterShapes was originally built as a three-legged stool set on posts of hope, recalls Jim McCloskey. Two of them have been solidly in place virtually since the beginning, and it seems as though, at long last, the third may finally have a chance to take its place as well. [more]
Powering the Press
Among all the things he's done to build his business, wrote Brian Van Bower in his March 2004 Aqua Culture column, the one tactic discussed and linked here stands out head and shoulders above the rest.
Cotton T-shirts and Non-Muslim Dresses:
Two New Brouhahas About Proper Swimming Attire in Public Pools
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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Aussie Marathon Swimmer Sets Swim Spa Endurance Record
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. Australian long-distance swimmer Chloe McCardel recently swam in a Melbourne swim spa for 16 hours nonstop, reportedly breaking the endurance record for such vessels. (Last year, she failed in an attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida due to numerous stings from box jellyfish.) According to an article about McCardel's recent feat on the Web site abc.net.au, what did she say upon finishing the swim in Melbourne?
a. "There weren't any [expletive] jellyfish, so it was a breeze." b. "I think I'm going to sleep for two days." c. "I'm not tired yet; I want to go out and party." d. "I should call Diana Nyad right away and let her know."
2. According to boston.com, thieves walked into a West Springfield, Mass., branch of Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies, pulled out a gun, held it on an employee and made off with an inflatable pool worth $500. How big was the pool?
a. 15 feet b. 17 feet c. 20 feet d. 22 feet
3. A leisure center has received great public praise for dedicating its pool one afternoon a week to be used exclusively by wounded, injured and sick members of the armed forces -- both active-duty and veterans -- so they can further their rehabilitation and improve their overall health. Where is the leisure center located?
a. Sydney, Australia b. Toronto, Canada c. Paris, France d. North Yorkshire, England
WaterShapes World (blog)
Sorting through his understanding of the dynamics of water-related businesses, Jim McCloskey recalls the industry's last big generational transition -- and holds out some hope that the one we're experiencing now will take a somewhat easier path than the previous one.