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By Dave Garton

DaveGartonStoryinStoneThrough the years, my experience in designing and building naturalistic and architectural watershapes has led me into several situations in which my clients have wanted to use a special heirloom or artifact of some kind as

When second-generation metalworker and sculptor Kris Kesler wanted to take his custom waterfeatures to a higher, more artistic level, he took off his welding mask and picked up a computer mouse. It’s been liberating, he says, enabling him to design everything from simple scuppers to hurricane-proof fountains and take care of the details that make them work on screen before he puts his hands in gloves and goes at it with hammer and tongs.
When second-generation metalworker and sculptor Kris Kesler wanted to take his custom waterfeatures to a higher, more artistic level, he took off his welding mask and picked up a computer mouse.  It’s been liberating, he says, enabling him to design everything from simple scuppers to hurricane-proof fountains and take care of the details that make them work on screen before he puts his hands in gloves and goes at it with hammer and tongs.
By Kris Kesler

When second-generation metalworker and sculptor Kris Kesler wanted to take his custom waterfeatures to a higher, more artistic level, he took off his welding mask and picked up a computer mouse.  It’s been liberating, he says, enabling him to design everything from simple scuppers to hurricane-proof fountains and take care of the details that make them work on screen before he puts his hands in gloves and goes at it with hammer and tongs.

Growing up in a family of industrial and commercial fabricators, I was steeped from an early age in traditional metalworking techniques – hammering, planishing, leather-sandbag shaping and my favorite, torch welding.  Learning at my father’s knee in his commercial steelwork factory led me to admire the artistry of craftspeople as they transformed raw hunks of metal into functional and often beautiful works of art.

The power of that experience has always stuck with me.  Later in life, when I decided to launch my own water- and fire-feature company, I was excited to get back behind the welding mask and

By Mike Farley

12-5 farley video art 2I’ve been discussing watershapes with clients for about 25 years now, and it’s been a long time since I was surprised by any of the questions they’ve asked me along the way.

I’ve noticed, of course, that in many cases I’ve been asked

This past summer, St. Louis saw the opening of Citygarden, a shimmering downtown park filled with art, dynamic spaces and an array of waterfeatures executed by the fountain specialists at Hydro Dramatics. Here, project manager Kerry Friedman guides us through design and development of the various systems, discussing the ways in which these watershapes are used to define both their surroundings and distinct recreation zones within the park.
This past summer, St. Louis saw the opening of Citygarden, a shimmering downtown park filled with art, dynamic spaces and an array of waterfeatures executed by the fountain specialists at Hydro Dramatics.  Here, project manager Kerry Friedman guides us through design and development of the various systems, discussing the ways in which these watershapes are used to define both their surroundings and distinct recreation zones within the park.
By Kerry Friedman

It was no easy task:  We were called on to take the majestic landscape defined by the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers; use it as a template for an urban oasis filled with sculptures, plants and water; and develop a park that would mesh seamlessly with its surrounding urban spaces.

Furthermore, they wanted this park to appeal to every conceivable user – people of all ages, needs and backgrounds – while also serving as a catalyst for growth and a profound revival of the city’s core.  And not only was the space to carry that symbolic load, but it also had to function efficiently with long-term reliability.

We at Hydro Dramatics (St. Louis, Mo.) know from experience that projects of this scope and scale require much planning and coordination to go along with large measures of innovation.  We also know that these types of challenges make success that much sweeter.

So we jumped into the task with all our energy, supporting the design team charged with developing Citygarden, a 2.9-acre parcel to be filled with

By Scott Cohen

ScottCohenTuningSpillwaysIn creating waterfalls, some watershapers don’t seem to realize is that you can precisely control the sound the falling water makes as it descends from level to another.

My goal in paying attention to this detail is to take advantage of

1-23 beard video artBy Randy Beard

Filling small courtyards and other compact spaces with the sounds of moving water is a valued service watershapers often perform for clients these days.  

A frequent approach in these cases involves installation of wall-mounted fountains in which water issues from a source set toward the top of the fixture and drops into a small basin from which the water is drawn and

By Scott Cohen

ScottCohenMysteryFountainThis lesson involves the performance of a simple but elegant aboveground fountain.

As is true of all watershapes, fountains need to be built in such a way that they reliably hold water and don’t leak. That’s an obvious given, of course, but water being the clever devil it is, if you miss

By Randy Beard

12-5 beard essential art--smallAs watershape design expands beyond the mostly recreational traditions of the recent past, more of us are being asked these days to design water elements that work more decoratively and serve to frame, reflect and otherwise accentuate or

VideoGalleylogoFrom Wikipedia: "The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is the world's longest bridge fountain...1,140 meters [1,247 yards] long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute." Wikipedia also reports that the

CrystalFountainsMoscowToronto-based Crystal Fountains has designed a dramatic, multifunctional waterfeature for White Square Office Center, a major new commercial development in Moscow. The company describes

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