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A Hidden Place

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Earlier this year, I was treated to a guided tour of The Quarry Golf Club in La Quinta, Calif., by landscape architect Ken Alperstein.  

Although I had seen pictures of the course and was also

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Resolving Resolution

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I understand why so many people love digital cameras:  You don’t have purchase or develop film, you can check your images instantly, and it’s easy to upload pictures onto your computer and

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Places to Remember

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I’ve heard it said that even though the greatest stories may require only a relatively few words in their telling, their meanings can echo through generations.  Inside this issue, you’ll find a concise

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Higher Purposes

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Lately I’ve noticed a fascinating trend among the projects we’ve been approached to publish – a string of articles about watershapes that, for want of a better term, have been designed with

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Recipes for Fun

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I love the fact that more and more people I talk to are referring to the bodies of water they create as works of art.  At their best, watershapes do indeed possess all the aesthetic potential of

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Beneath the Scene

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“All art is but imitation of nature.”
                                   --  Seneca


It’s wonderfully ironic that so many of the greatest expressions of human creativity and productivity are those that derive themselves wholly or in large part from

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Proof Positive

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Watching the arc of a learning curve can be fascinating – particularly when you’re not the one who’s going through the process.

This is why I take such pleasure in

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Shapes of Things to Come

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To know where you’re going, you need to have a sense of where you’ve been.

That phrase is a bit shopworn, but it

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The Clarity Class

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It only stands to reason that you can’t have a watershape without the water, but I sometimes wonder just how much watershapers really know about

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Big Ideas

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When you spend any time talking to designers of public artworks, the concept of “social responsibility” inevitably comes up in the conversation in one way or another.  That makes sense, because artists who work in the public arena often

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Lessons on the Home Front

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A number of you have asked me, with varying degrees of urgency but no outright threats of bodily harm, to lighten up on what you see as

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Sounds of Music

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When pursued as it should be, watershaping is all about creating a sensory experience.  In fact, you could make the argument that watershapes appeal to

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Impressing with Simplicity

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While discussing his column for this issue, I visited one of David Tisherman’s projects and observed one of the most dramatic examples I’ve ever seen of the

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