THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
July 23, 2014 www.watershapes.com
Working on a major art installation quickly and with a need for secrecy: That was the challenge the client presented to Bryan Weber and his staff in designing and building two reflecting pools that now elevate 'Sky Mirror' to a position of prominence in front of a major sports stadium. [more]
Pipe Diameter ABCs
Once upon a time, builders saw pipes as pipes -- their size made no difference as long as they moved water along its way and didn't leak. But all that has changed, says Lew Akins -- and as he discusses in this brief video, watershape owners are much the better off for it. [more]
On the Beach
In the course of a day in the sun with good friends, Jim McCloskey was introduced to a derelict swimming pool built long ago by a renowned architect for a famous client. This beautiful watershape is now fully restored, open to the public and well worth a pilgrimage. [more]
The watershapes for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian came with a high-minded design mission as well as a significant set of technical challenges. Here, design-team member Dominic Shaw surveys the history of the project, discussing the many details that make the watercourse and wetland area surrounding the newest facility on the Capitol Mall a fitting tribute to those the space seeks to honor.
This article, originally published in November 2006, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
On Energy Stars and Watershapes
Among consumers, the Energy Star label is a valued mark of distinction. In this exclusive Interview, Pentair's Jeff Farlow traces the process by which some pool-related products are finally gaining recognition -- and access to the program's many promotional benefits. [more]
The title of this newsletter has changed effective with this edition, notes Jim McCloskey. But with the exception of a single large and important addition, its mission is no different from the one with which WaterShapes started back in February 1999. [more]
Wearing a Bikini to Send a Message:
Vacationing Model Shows Her Colostomy Bags to the World
In her Natural Companions column of June 1999, Stephanie Rose raised an issue about the practicalities of project planning and management that still needs consideration to the present day. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Fiberoptic Lighting Systems from S.R. Smith
S.R. Smith (Canby, OR) now manufactures the Fiberstars line of lighting products -- including Color Light Streams, which are used to illuminate the streams of water produced by laminar jets, bubblers, rain features and waterfalls as well as the star-lighting systems placed on watershape floors. Colors include white, blue, green, red, amber and purple. For details, click here.
Fountain Bleu Offers Dual-Filter Cart for Pond Cleaning
Fountain Bleu (Southwick, MA) now offers Dual-Filter Carts for use with its Water-Vac Solids Separation Systems. The filters break down particulates into multiple stages to speed up cleaning times. Operating to the 200-micron level at 3,000 gallons per hour, the carts can be combined to bring even more filtration to the pond-cleaning process. For details, click here.
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Australian Swimming Champ
Ian Thorpe Comes Out as Gay
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including a report connected to the three questions below.
1. While the sexual orientation of Ian Thorpe ("the Thorpedo" and "Australia's Greatest Olympian") has long been the subject of speculation, the legendary swimming champion -- now retired from the sport -- recently put an end to the rumors by publicly revealing he is gay. Although Thorpe competed in a number of different Olympic swimming events, what was his specialty?
a. Backstroke b. Breaststroke c. Freestyle d. Butterfly.
2. British swimmer Rebecca Coales has broken a U.K. free-diving record by swimming more than three-and-a-half lengths of an Olympic-size pool without coming up for air. The Web site mrror.co.uk reports that the 38-year-old Coales -- who was wearing a monofin during the swim -- held her breath for how long?
a. More than 1.5 minutes b. More than 1.75 minutes c. More than 2.0 minutes d. More than 2.5 minutes.
3. FloWave, a new "swimming pool" at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, will be used for conducting scientific research into tidal wave power. The advanced ocean simulator can duplicate very fast currents and extremely high waves. According to dailymail.co.uk, up to how high?
a. Three stories b. Five stories c. Seven stories d. Nine stories.
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.