THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
July 27, 2016 www.watershapes.com
Racing to the Finish Line
With winter slowly ending, Barry Justus knew that he had no time to spare in converting this homeowner's dream of a personal five-star resort into a multi-watershape, party-ready reality. This included the hidden slide and the vanishing television -- all on a rigid deadline. [more]
What happens when the water added to a newly plastered pool has had a chance to interact fully with its new surroundings? That's a big question, writes Kim Skinner -- one that has implications for the long-term appearance and maintenance of countless watershapes. [more]
Don't Forget the Cupcakes
A lunch meeting in downtown Glendale, Calif., offered Jim McCloskey an unexpected treat in the form of a dazzling fountain set in a compact public courtyard. It's worth a visit just to bask in the composition's unusual approachability -- and enjoy the tasty treats you'll find nearby, too! [more]
Light, Space and Water
Contemporary artist Eric Orr and his protégé, Sean So, both use the flow of water to lend texture and bring distinction to basic geometric forms. For them, these small flows embody 'transformation,' which stands as the ideological core of the Light and Space Movement they both represent. Here, So explains the tradition and creative essence of the movement and brings it into perspective as part of today's commercial waterfeature market.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in September 2003, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Contractors, Footprints and Dust
The carelessness of contractors from other trades is often a problem on job sites, observes Scott Cohen. To sidestep these issues, he suggests some precautions and preemptive measures while offering tips on working with clients to head off misunderstandings. [more]
A Timely Proposition
A new program aimed at tracking the progress of learn-to-swim programs is now on the agenda for the National Swimming Pool Foundation. As Jim McCloskey reports here, it's a great concept with wide-ranging benefits that will keep on giving well into the future. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Well-Planned Fun Dept.: Pair uses the 'Coke/Mentos Reaction' to create an impressive fountain display. [more]
Watch until the end -- the show just keeps getting better.
Stormy Weather Dept.: Washington, D.C., downpour creates a waterfall in a most unexpected location. [more]
Doesn't look like fun. Would Coke and Mentos help?
The View from Inside
When Bruce Zaretsky wrote his On the Level column for July, 2011, he chose to focus on a design issue he saw as being of underappreciated significance for anyone working in the great outdoors. [more]
RenoSys (Indianapolis, IN) now offers a full range of DuraTech pool gratings to accommodate any pool gutter trench's width or style -- T-bar, I-bar or interlocking. Certified slip-resistant and made of colorfast, UV-resistant polymers, fiberglass, PVC, granite or stainless steel, they are ideal for use in repairing or renovating aquatic facilities. For details, click here.
Collaborating for a Bigger Web Presence
Through the years, lots of watershapers have invested extensively in building their own beautiful web sites, then wondered why prospective clients haven't been beating paths to their doors. The hold-up? It's a simple fact that building a strong web presence as a stand-alone site is a tough way to go -- and that's precisely why we started the WaterShapes Professional Network.
By building a collective presence in which dozens and, eventually, hundreds of sites participate as an interlinked colossus, we become a group entity the search engines can't overlook. So if it's a strong (or stronger) web presence you're after, check it out.
The Network is working just the way we'd hoped: Click here to climb aboard!
WaterShapes World (blog)
Sorting through his understanding of the dynamics of water-related businesses, Jim McCloskey recalls the industry's last big generational transition -- and holds out some hope that the one we're experiencing now will take a somewhat easier path than the previous one.