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Glass Works      

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]
#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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While supplies last, you can purchase one of 6 available complete, mint-condition, 131-issue sets of WaterShapes, a print publication that set the tone for development of the art and craft of watershaping from February 1999 until July 2011.  For a special offer, click here!
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.


  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, 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, 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

To find out how many you got right, click here.



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