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2018/2.2, February 21 — Artfully to Plan, Fountains’ Foundations, Civic Prudery and more
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2018/2.2, February 21 — Artfully to Plan, Fountains’ Foundations, Civic Prudery and more

February 21, 2018


All in the Details

It’s not how he usually works, notesBen Lasseter. But on this occasion, the opportunity to bring someone else’s exceptional design to fruition made taking a secondary role the right move — even with the awkward scheduling, unusual access issues and a few tricky alignments.[more]

A Sense of Participation
The circumstances in which urban fountains are created these days is complex and ever-changing, sayRobert MikulaandSimon Gardiner— a situation they discuss in the first of two articles on building a sense of multi-level participation among key groups of stakeholders. [more]


Clothing Optional
His survey of St. Louis’s fountains finally carriedJim McCloskeyto Aloe Plaza and ‘Meeting of the Waters.’ a wonderful set of river-themed sculptures, well worth a visit. And let’s not forget all of the controversy kicked up when the composition was first unveiled in 1940! [more]


Fluid Melodies

For the past 30 years, Toronto-based artist, scientist, inventor, professor and musicianSteve Mannhas been inventing, creating, building and playing what he calls ‘hydraulophones.’ Part fountain, part interactive waterfeature, part musical instrument and in all ways unusual, these systems enable adults, children and anyone who cares to give one a try the ability to manipulate the flow of water to create musical notes, harmonies and melodies.

This article, originally published inWaterShapesin February 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.


Overbearing Rockwork

A swimming pool is made of steel-reinforced concrete, right? So the shell will be fine if you pile lots of weight on top of it, right? Wrong,Scott Cohensays emphatically — and here he explains why no sensible builder should ever make such a potentially disastrous mistake. [more]


Swimming’s Lessons

A bout of warm weather ledJim McCloskeyto think back on summers past and how he spent two of them as a child learning to swim at the local municipal pool. The lessons cost his parents almost nothing back then — and left him with a life skill that seems less attainable today.[more]

Beautiful Dreaming Dept.:Travel site offers 16 breathtaking views across vanishing-edge pools.[more]

There’s enough here to make me want to pack my bags.
Sublime Silliness Dept.:Armed with water bottles, a youthful quartet makes much wet music together. [more]
Be sure to stick around for the colorful crescendo!


On the Verge

Back in 2008,David Tishermanused his Details column to define an artful approach to coping and decking for pool projects — and offer a glimpse into his design process that resonates to this day. [more]

Copper Tree Fountains from Blue Thumb

Blue Thumb Distributing(Saginaw, MI) offers Copper Tree Fountains for residential installations. Depending on the model, each compact, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind tree fits in a space up to 48 by 48 inches, providing an easy-to-maintain, energy-efficient focal point for either a front or backyard space without taking up much valuable room. For details, clickhere.
Air & Water Solutions Launches Air-Cleaning System

Air & Water Solutions(Nutley, NJ) has introduced BioOx Swim, a system designed to clean the air at indoor aquatic facilities. The easy-to-install units come in three sizes for placement on pool decks and in other areas; larger facilities will require multiple units, which draw air through water injected with natural enzymes that destroy harmful toxins. For details, clickhere.


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