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        July 9, 2014                                                                                                                                                                            www.watershapes.com
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PROJECT PROFILE

 

A Mirror on Infinity              


Tackling a major fountain project in a significant public space is nothing new to Jon Mitovich -- but getting it done at breakneck speed?  That, he says, brought out something special in everyone who worked on the stacked reflecting pools positioned in front of Dallas' AT&T Stadium.  [more]
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#13:  Volleyball Plus
 
Today's pools are used for a range of purposes, observes Mike Farley -- exercise, games, swimming, relaxation and more.  As he suggests in this video, there's one key watershape feature that goes a long way toward making this varied functionality a comfortable possibility.   [more]
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Where Streams Live

Designing and building a big stream is no small task, with the scale of these projects and high client expectations ratcheting up the stakes.  To sort it all out, Rick Anderson approaches his wandering-water projects by keeping a great resource uppermost in mind.  [more] 
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ESSENTIAL
A Hit on the High Seas        

One of the most unusual watershape systems ever built, the AquaTheater on the Oasis of the Seas is the first theatrical waterfeature ever installed on a cruise ship.  In this special two-in-one article, Fluidity's Jim Garland and Tom Yankelitis begin with a description of the ideas and the design process that led to creation of this shipboard super-fountain, then Crystal Fountains' Ritesh Khetia discusses the engineering and systems-integration solutions that make it all work.

This article, originally published in November 2010, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.    

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What's in a Name?

As he wrapped up preparations for the current edition of this newsletter, it struck Jim McCloskey that there was something a bit strange about its name -- a thought that leads him to announce a key change in the way we'll all refer to it in the months and years to come.  [more]
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A Modest Monument

The York Street Millennium Fountain in Ottawa is a small marvel that characterizes the city in ways that something grander perhaps never could.  Go see it for yourself, advises John Altorio, to weigh all of the careful balances the project involved.   [more] 
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Pudginess, Meet Combat Readiness:
Kim Jong Un Supervises Swim
Drill for N. Korean Naval Officers

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WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Grounded Value        

Back in 2009, Bruce Zaretesky hopped aboard one of his favorite trains of thought and railed against a popular feature that's common to vast numbers of residential (and even commercial) landscapes.  [more]
 
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THE SHOPPING CART

 

Poolstones Introduces Marble Overflow System
Poolstones by Sofikitis (Voula, Greece) offers a pool-overflow system made of solid marble.  Precision-cut for free water passage, the units have slightly bullnosed front edges to encourage flow back into the pool, while the back edge is perfectly flat for easy leveling with decking materials.  The grate can be made of anti-slip marble, with or without slots.  For details, click here.
AquaMaster Adds to Its Aerating Fountain Line
AquaMaster Fountains & Aerators (Kiel, WI) has added Imperial to the numerous patterns available in its Master Series of fountains.  Designed for pond and lake aeration, the new unit features a spinning outer pattern combined with an upright central geyser and is available in seven models with pumps ranging from 1/2 to 10 horsepower.  For details, click here
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World Cup Nude Swimming
Photos Outrage Teammates

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including a report connected to the three questions below.


1.
   At the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil, one Slavic country's team was incensed when photos were published showing some of its members swimming naked in the pool at their training complex.  The photos reportedly were taken by paparazzi hiding nearby.  What country?

          a. Slovenia                      b. Croatia                     c. Montenegro            d. Bosnia-Herzegovina.

2.  The world's first doggie swimming pool -- complete with slides and fountains -- recently opened near what major European city?

          a. Lisbon                         b. Barcelona                c. Warsaw                  d. Berlin.

3.  A new swimming pool at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus -- part of a $63 million recreation center renovation and expansion -- is in the shape of the school's mascot. What character is the pool supposed to represent?

          a. Ralphie the Buffalo                                          b. Ralphie the Aardvark
          c. Ralphie the Bear                                              d. Ralphie the Eagle.

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

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