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2019/4.1, April 3 — Artfully Public, Positive Engagement, Sunken Creativity and more
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2019/4.1, April 3 — Artfully Public, Positive Engagement, Sunken Creativity and more


April 3, 2019

Exploring Possibilities
If his work on botanical gardens has taught him anything, saysRaymond Jungles, it’s that it helps to be both flexible and persistent — and, as he relates in his second article on the subject, mindful of the fact that these places arebusinessesand have needs that must be met. [more]


Building a Base
Long known for his advocacy of the power of positive thinking,Brian Van Bowerexplains why he’s also done all he can as a watershaper to get involved, stay involved and become part of social communities that have helped him advance his professional agenda for decades.[more]


Creative Spirits
The project may have started with a miscommunication, notesDave Garton, but that amusing incident never stood in the way of his creating a beautiful sunken pond — or of campaigning to ease neighbors’ fears about a significant (but temporary) disruption of their bucolic lives.[more]


Poetry in Stone

With his rugged works of shaped water and stone, Colorado-based sculptorRichard Hansenhas spent a career exploring what he calls ‘poetic dialogues’ between nature and humanity, permanence and ephemera, distance and intimacy. But his interest in the materials he uses goes well beyond such philosophical notions: He’s a hands-on artisan who particularly enjoys, he says, the unique sound that stone makes when it splits.

This article, originally published inWaterShapesin May 2003, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.


A Clear, Clean Public Service
The Cross Valley Water District’s office in Clearview, Wash., stands as a prime example, writesSandra Hasegawa Ingalls, of how a public facility can send messages to the communityabout good environmental stewardship. It’s well worth a quick stop on your next Northwestern trek.[more]


Infinite Potential

An article with photographs of beautiful pools isn’t a rare commodity, writesJim McCloskey. But in this case, reviewing the images triggered a flood of thoughts on global watershaping and how fast ideas and approaches have been moving through the past 30-odd years. [more]

Trend-Tracking Dept.:A rash of recent buildings have integrated waterfalls into their design packages.

Fallingwater doesn’t belong here, but the rest? Truly cool!
Weird Concepts Dept.:Audi puts a pair of autos in a pool to perform a ‘synchronized swimming’ routine.[more]
It’s catchy, but it’d work better if the cars had arms and legs.

Advancing Technology
WhenMark Holdenwrote about the importance of being open to new ideas and technologies back in April 2009, he didn’t mince any words — as you’ll see in reviewing this quick recap of his original text.[more]


Speck Introduces Normblock Multi Pumps
Speck Pumps(Jacksonville, FL) now offers the Normblock Multi line of pumps specifically for commercial pools, fountains and waterparks with elevated salt concentrations. Available in 7.5-, 10-, 15- and 20-horsepower models, the energy-efficient, quiet-running units have housings and impellers made of high-performance plastic for corrosion resistance. For details, clickhereand scroll down.
MistAmerica Offers MiniCool Systems

MistAmerica(Scottsdale, AZ) has released MiniCool, an outdoor cooling system for residential applications. Designed to replace common ceiling fans as well as inefficient line-mist systems, the cooling unit generates and disperses mist via a fan-like device placed in the center of a patio space rather than through misting lines strung around its perimeter. For details, clickhere.



Ifyou design and/or build pools, spas, fountains, ponds, streams, waterfalls or other forms of contained, controlled water, you have a proven ability to create projects of great beauty. But how do you spread the word about your skills and talents to those who might want you to help them make water part of their daily lives?

TheWaterShapes Professional Networkcan help you there. We’vebuilt a web site where dozens of designers and builders of watershapes of all types participate as an Internet collective — a grouped entity large enough and interrelated in ways that make search engines treat all participants with respect. So if it’s a strong (or even just a stronger) web presence you’re after, please do take a look and get involved.
TheNetworkis working just the way we’d hoped: Time toclickaboard?

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