THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
July 10, 2019 www.watershapes.com
FEATURE ARTICLE/October 2008
Set in an urban district in Los Angeles, the Echo Park Deep Pool needed help. Working with the project architect, William N. Rowley engineered and oversaw much of the restoration and left local residents with a facility that enables them to enjoy all the benefits of aquatic recreation. [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE/June 2009
Water has to come from somewhere in a stream system -- and that, writes Anthony Archer Wills, is where many falter with obviously contrived injection points. Here, he discusses techniques for making these water sources seem as though they've been shaped by nature itself. [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE/October 2002
Splashes of Color
Of all his projects, says David Tisherman, he can't easily think of another that rivals this one with respect to balance and harmony. The keys here are color and energy, with one flowing irresistibly from the other in a reinvigorated backyard that was once drab, crowded and uninteresting. [more]
A Crowning Achievement
The Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park is an ingenious fusion of artistic vision and high-tech water effects in which sculptor Juame Plensa' s creative concepts were brought to life by an interdisciplinary team that included the waterfeature designers at Crystal Fountains. Here, Larry O'Hearn describes how the firm met the challenge and helped give Chicago's residents a defining landmark in glass, light, water and bright faces.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in April 2005, has been digitized for all readers. Click hereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
Images in Time
From early urban settlements to modern architectural settings, watershapes have played both functional and decorative roles in expressing social values. Here, Mark Holden follows that historical path beginning in ancient Greece and ending up in modern Las Vegas. [more]
A Bumpy Road
A recurrence of back spasms resulting from an ill-considered bout with an old metal post has sidelined Jim McCloskey for a couple weeks -- a disruption that will see you treated here to second looks at some amazing articles from the WaterShapes magazine archives. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Laps of Luxury Dept.: Now just about anyone can swim in the fabulous Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle.
It'll cost a bundle to get a ticket, but what an experience!
Well-Equipped Dept.: Site previews pool floats coming to stores near you for the 2019 lounging season. [more]
Some are odd, but I like the avocado with the beach-ball pit.
WATERSHAPES CLASSIC/September 2003
Watershape designs can easily get out of hand, wrote Brian Van Bowerback in September 2003. But he hoped through this column to persuade watershapers to step back and avoid getting carried away. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Blue Thumb Offers Pond-less Waterfall Kit
Blue Thumb (Saginaw, MI) assembles the Elite X-Large 40" Cascading Falls Kit for pond-less waterfalls. The package includes a spillway box, a vault/reservoir, a rubber liner, a protective underlayment, a pump and all required plumbing and connections. There's also an installation kit as well as a start-up kit to get water conditions under quick control. For details, click here.
GSky Offers Versa Wall XT Plant Systems
GSky Plant Systems (Delray Beach, FL) manufactures Versa Wall XT, a planted-wall system that uses standard one-gallon pots set in durable, UV-resistant, injection-molded trays that deliver water and fertilizer to the plants while holding them in position. The pots can be interchanged easily, allowing for inclusion of customized patterns and blends. For details, click here.
Many watershapers have, through the years, invested heavily 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 row to hoe -- 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, WPN becomes 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. .
WaterShapes World (blog)
Lots of questions have arisen since the announcement of the sale of WaterShapes in November 2019 . As Jim McCloskey reports here, big changes will be few -- but opportunities for exploiting the synergies between the deal's partners are boundless as the New Year begins.