THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
October 21, 2015 www.watershapes.com
The Weight of History
Working on big restoration projects is always a challenge, but when the subject fountain is 300 years old and the setting is the famous Gardens of Versailles? Well, says David L'Heureux, it takes care, professionalism -- and a determination to perform at the very highest level. [more]
Travel and garden tours are a great way to improve design knowledge and skills: All the ideas and inspiration drawn from the work of other times and cultures can be brought home, suggests Gail Fanning, and used to differentiate your work from that of stay-at-home competitors. [more]
Chicago has long been one of his favorite cities, writes Jim McCloskey. He's particularly fond of the Art Institute's galleries and it's museum shop, but he's also a fan of a classic allegorical representation of the Great Lakes just outside -- among his many stops on visits there. [more]
Winds of Life
Successful public art serves many purposes, observes glass sculptor John Gilbert Luebtow: Through form, location, materials and aesthetics, these works can inspire, soothe, excite, guide and enrich the day-to-day experiences of those who see them. True to this vision, he pursued all of those qualities in a recent project -- one in which he graced a busy plaza with a sublime sculpture that will elevate the spirits of passersby for generations to come.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in October 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
The art of crafting visually pleasing bodies of water calls for understanding and applying the right transitions from a pond to terra firma, says Anthony Archer Wills. Here, he shares techniques he uses to create looks that draw observers to explore the wonders at water's edge. [more]
We can all agree that learning to swim is important, writes Jim McCloskey. But is it important enough, he asks, to prompt watershapers to step back, think things through and develop all-new ways to make and keep pools accessible for those who need those lessons? [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Wow-Factor Innovations Dept.: Tesla owner uses a waterfall to recharge his car's batteries. [more]
Is there a future for backyard hydroelectric plants?
Now You See It Dept.: Is this little girl jumping into the pool -- or is she just a sign of the Internet's silliness? [more]
Hard to believe this image went viral and stayed that way.
For the Love of Beauty
In his Details column of October 2015, David Tisherman railed against a certain mentality he'd observed all too often among designers and builders. To discover the object of his passion, click here. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Brilliant Wonders from Custom Molded Products
Custom Molded Products (Tyrone, GA) manufactures Brilliant Wonders, a waterfall system with built-in LED lighting. Each easy-to-install, easy-to-service unit features a sawtooth edge to churn the water and enhance sound effects. The LEDs can be synchronized across multiple waterfalls and are intense enough to work both night and day. For details, clickhere.
AstralPool Offers the Viron Gas Pool/Spa Heater
AstralPool (Jacksonville, FL) manufactures the Viron gas heater for residential swimming pools and spas. Designed using heat-on-demand technology, the compact units feature operating efficiencies of up to 97 percent; save up to 20 percent on operating costs; and adjust burner levels to hold the water to within one degree of the desired temperature. For details, click here.
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WaterShapes World (blog)
At a time when good news seems hard to come by, Eric Herman bucks the norm by sharing some facts and figures about water conservation over the last 40 years that give us all genuine cause for hope. Indeed, we may have more control over water use than most people think.