THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
October 8, 2014 www.watershapes.com
Working around a talented architect's design can be an inspiring professional experience, observes Raymond Jungles -- and it gets even better when the canvas you're presented with is an unusually large property set in a lush, tropical paradise. [more]
Community in Action
The hope-challenged hamlet of Wyandanch, N.Y., needed something special to set it on a new path, writes Joseph Serpe, and that's what he and his working partners offered in the form of a wilderness-themed spray park filled with interactive waterfeatures -- and two huge trees. [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#15: Hidden Spa Spillway
Taking unusual or innovative approaches can be risky, acknowledges Mike Farley, but watershape designs can be the better for it if you break away from convention and -- as this video shows, for example -- take a fresh look at the ways pools and spas interact. [more]
Echoes of Enchantment
Anthony Archer Wills has spent a four-decade career assembling some of the most beautiful aquatic compositions to be found anywhere in Europe or the United States. Working in a range of scales and styles, he seeks to inspire those who observe his work by bringing them into close proximity with water -- whether it's a lake or a small pond -- and by encouraging them in terms both practical and emotional to share his love of water in garden settings.
This article, originally published in May 2005, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Water and Whimsy
A unique mix of folk art and high technology, the Uncle Wilbur Fountain in Colorado Springs, Colo., delights area children and parents with music, animation and dancing water. As Anne Gunn attests, it's well worth a visit to see what happens when the show gets going. [more]
Up with Water!
When he surfs the web, Jim McCloskey rarely takes the time to do more than scan the headlines about technological breakthroughs. But a recent one caught his eye, and he can't wait to see what future watershapers will do with this gravity-defying innovation. [more]
New World Record Holder:
12-Story-Deep Swimming Pool Boasts Underwater Walkway
On watershaping projects, even minor conflicts or disputes can lead to courtroom battles. Back in 1999, Curt Straub defined a way to avoid these lose/lose scenarios through a simple up-front agreement. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Biological Pond Filters from Emperor Aquatics
Emperor Aquatics (Pottstown, PA) makes BioPro pressurized pond filters for use with heavy fish loads. Designed for installation on ponds holding up to 16,000 gallons, the units work in tandem with mechanical filters (which clear away larger debris and solid waste) and support large colonies of beneficial bacteria in their bio-media filtering beds. For details, click here.
LifeGuard Lift Offers Residential Pool Access
LifeGuard Lift (Eaton Rapids, MI) has introduced a line of pool lifts designed for residential applications. Available in powered-lift models with either manual or powered seat rotation, the units can be mounted with a deck plate or in a sleeve anchor and come with either a sling or a hard seat. All models are able to handle weights up to 350 pounds. For details, click here.
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Intruder Goes Skinny-Dipping in Hollywood Actor's Swimming Pool
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. In two separate incidents, two different female intruders recently sneaked into the home of a well-known Hollywood actor; in the second case, reports kymx.cbslocal.com, the woman undressed and went skinny dipping in the actor's pool. Which actor was it?
a. Kevin Costner b. Keanu Reeves c. Denzel Washington d. Adam Sandler.
2. One European country, notes euronews.com, recently saw the opening of its first indoor pool for dogs. Which country was it?
a. The Netherlands b. France c. Germany d. Spain.
3. Acoording to myfoxatlanta.com, at what age did Atlanta resident and nonagenarian competitive swimmer Anne Dunivin (now 97) became involved with the sport?
WaterShapes World (blog)
A recent blog about his WaterShapes-related New Year's Resolution drew an unusual quantity of reader comments, reports Jim McCloskey. Some volunteered to help; others just hated the idea. But there was also a third sort of response -- a set of observations that made his day.