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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        December 17, 2014                                                                                                                        www.watershapes.com

 

LESSONS LEARNED

 

Edgy Issues                         


Beyond doubt, vanishing-edge pools can be spectacular.  But as Scott Cohen reports, there are some all-too-common design defects that can lead to a variety of distracting performance issues -- and some of these problems aren't so easy to address!   [more]
RIBBIT

Envisioned Environment
 
It's always his goal to make his frog ponds look as though they've been there forever, says Eric Triplett.  But as he discusses in this video, it can be tough to hold onto that clear vision through some of the messier, muddier parts of the installation process.  [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE
Burning Sensations

They're so common that they're easy to ignore.  As Paolo Benedetti points out, however, the incandescent lights so often found in pools and spas can pose a special hazard to certain swimmers -- a problem he recommends overcoming by switching to 'cooler' technology.  [more]
 

ESSENTIAL
Affairs of the Art                   

Completing projects of singular beauty for high-end clients is a passion for Arizona watershaper Steve Oliver, and those clients return the favor by granting him a tremendous level of creative freedom.  That's surely the situation with the watershape seen here, where Oliver has sifted through a range of rich and contrasting elements to create a composition that's as much a work of art as it is a pleasant place to go swimming.

 

This article, originally published in October 2003, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.

TRAVELOGUE
Tale of the Tortoise

While visiting Rome many years ago, Jim McCloskey saw a fountain that seemed familiar -- and before long he remembered seeing the same oddly placed tortoises in a park in San Francisco.  Either fountain merits a visit -- even without the special déjà vu moment.    [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
A Rippling Departure

They say all good things must come to an end.  But given the instrumental role Ripples has played in the WaterShapes newsletter from the start, writes Jim McCloskey, seeing it's last installment in this newsletter is making him unusually nostalgic.  [more]

Ripples Says Farewell! 
An Encore Presentation of the
Top Ten Ripples Items of All Time


WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Designing a New Paradigm (Part 2)                  
Back in 1999, a meeting in Ohio brought together professionals with varied perspectives on how backyard environments come together.  Here's a look at another part of their roundtable discussion.   [more]

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Bobé Water & Fire Features Offers Fire Bowls  

Bobé Water & Fire Features (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced the Builder Series of decorative bowls.  Combining water and fire into a single design, the cost-effective units come in copper or stainless steel and in various sizes for design flexibility and are available with keyed gas valves, push-button spark ignitions or 24-volt automatic ignitions.  For details, click here.   

Acrylic Pool Windows from Hammerhead International

        

Hammerhead International (Las Vegas, NV) offers acrylic viewing panels in many shapes and sizes for use in swimming pools.  The units can be made to match anything from the most complicated negative edge wall radius to the simplest pool window.  They're also translucent enough to provide unique ambient lighting in adjacent indoor spaces.  For details, click here.

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THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Groundbreaking First:  Black Woman
Wins World Swimming Title in Doha               

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including  reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  Alia Atkinson, who competed in the recent international short-course championships in Doha, Qatar, became the first black woman to garner a world swimming title (a gold medal in the women's 100 meter breaststroke).  What country, according to theroot.com, did she represent in Doha?

          a. Jamaica                    b. Haiti                          c. Dominica                d. Dominican Republic

2.  Officers in a police helicopter in one South American country were shocked when they spotted a large swastika at the bottom of a homeowner's pool.  In which country did inquisitor.com say this took place?

          a. Uruguay                    b. Paraguay                 c. Argentina                 d. Brazil.

3.  A 7-year-old boy in Queensland, Australia, on a swimming outing with his schoolmates, was dismayed when he came out of the dressing room at a municipal pool and realized the teachers and his fellow students had left him behind. What, according to theage.com.au, happened next?

          a. Police officers in a passing patrol car spotted the lad -- who was crying -- walking along a
                 road. They picked him up and brought him to the local police station.
          b. A passing motorist spotted the lad -- who was crying -- walking along a road. She picked
                 him up, brought him to her house and notified the school and his parents.
          c. The boy spent the night in a nearby park, while his parents and others frantically searched
                 for him.
          d. The boy called 000, the Australian equivalent of 911, and his parents came and picked him
                 up.

To find out how many you got right, click here.

THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        December 3, 2014                                                                                                                         www.watershapes.com

 

CASE STUDIES

 

Burying Masterpieces                        


With watershapes, observes Jim Wilder, the beauty often often runs much more than skin deep.  To illustrate, he discusses twin works of the plumber's art -- with, by his calculation, more than 750 glue joints each -- that he knew would ultimately be hidden within tons of concrete.  [more]
RIBBIT

Ecosystem Design
 
If a pond is to be an ideal haven for frogs, there's no more important part of the installation process than plant selection.  But while you're focused on the needs of tadpoles and mature frogs, says Eric Triplett, you also want to make the watershape look great as well.  [more]
VIDEO GALLERY
Spa Strategies

Spas and swimming pools are obvious and frequent companions, notes Lew Akins.  As he discusses in this video, there are two key factors for clients to consider in adding a spa to a pool -- plus an even bigger issue that watershapers need to manage with all due care.  [more]

ESSENTIAL
Restoring Waters Past                  

The restoration of historic swimming pools is one of the most specialized of all watershaping activities, observes engineer and commercial pool designer William N. Rowley.  It's work that requires patience and technical prowess in addition to sensitivity to an old pools' special needs -- a process this veteran of several such projects defines through the ongoing story of the restoration of a southern California pool with a fabulous pedigree.

 

This article, originally published in June 2006, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
TRAVELOGUE
Where the Bison Swim

Collegiate athletic centers are increasingly important to students' lifestyles, report Edwin M. Wallover III and
William R. B. McCullough.  The trend calls for design flexibility -- and resulted in this instance in a spectacular aquatic center you can visit at Bucknell University.    [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Channeling Insights

A few weeks back, Jim McCloskey heard from a past contributor to WaterShapes who had a cool idea -- and the result, he writes, will ultimately be a book for professionals and skillful do-it-yourselfers who need solid information on the design and installation of fountains.   [more]

Training for London 2012 . . .
'Touch the Wall':  Missy Franklin, Kara Lynn Joyce Swim on Film

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Designing a New Paradigm (Part 1)                  
15 years ago, five education-oriented watershapers representing both the pool and landscape trades sat down to share their views on an emerging 'philosophy of design.'  Here's one key part of their discussion.  [more]

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Poolstones by Sofikitis Releases 2014-15 Catalog

       

Poolstones by Sofikitis (Monterey, CA) has published a catalog covering its current collection of stone copings, drain grates and paving materials.  Available in print and digital formats, the 96-page, full-color volume includes photos and detailed specifications for using the company's products in designing and building residential or commercial watershapes.  For details, click here.   

S.R. Smith Launches the iStar Lighting System Controller

        

S.R. Smith (Canby, OR) has introduced the iStar controller to give users advanced color control and dimming options with the company's Treo or Color Light Stream products.  Designed for use with a water-resistant remote or with a smart phone, the device can operate up to 10 lighting units and comes programmed with six color options and two color shows.  For details, click here.

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THE AQUATIC QUIZ
In Hot Water:  High School Teacher
Drags Screaming Student into Pool               

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including  reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  Web site metro.co.uk reports that a Stockton, Calif., male physical-education teacher is in hot water after he dragged a kicking and screaming 14-year-old female student into the school swimming pool -- a disturbing incident that was captured on video.  Why did the girl not want to get into the pool?

          a. She suffers from a severe allergy to chlorine.
          b. Her religious beliefs do not allow mixed-gender swimming.
          c. She has a long history of being a troublemaker in school.
          d. She'd had her hair done for a big event later in the day.  

2.  Even though more than 600 days remain until the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, two countries have already expressed displeasure over the scheduled 10 p.m. start of evening swimming finals.  One of the countries contends the hour was pushed back to accommodate the television audience in the U.S.  Which two countries are unhappy with the schedule?

          a. France and Italy                                             b. Australia and New Zealand  
          c. Russia and China                                        d. South Africa and Nigeria.

3.  In early October, thieves made off with a $25,000, 16-by-8-foot swim spa from a dealership in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.  According to thespec.com, the crime has yet to be solved.  What two pieces of equipment did the thieves reportedly use in their brazen caper?

          a. Forklift and trailer                                          b. Crane and trailer
          c. Bulldozer and trailer                                     d. None of the above.

To find out how many you got right, click here.

THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        November 19, 2014                                                                                                                    www.watershapes.com

 

LESSONS LEARNED

 

Raising the Floor                       


Many renovation projects include lifting the floor of an old pool to make it possible to play games such as volleyball, notes Scott Cohen.  So it's a good idea to know what's really involved in the process -- and how to avoid the serious errors he describes in this article.  [more]

RIBBIT

An Eye on Aesthetics
 
The shallowness of a frog pond leaves the installer with real challenges when it comes to achieving a naturalistic appearance.  As Eric Triplett demonstrates in this video, the key is taking your time to make the rockwork look as though Mother Nature had a hand in the result.  [more]
TRAVELOGUE
Kinetic Wonder

On a trip to see something else at the Philadelphia Zoo, Jim McCloskey happened on a fountain and sculpture that perfectly captured the energy of its subject matter -- and grabbed far more of his attention than did the original, alarmingly large object of his visit.   [more]

ESSENTIAL
Continental Class                 

Teamwork is about different things on different projects, say Martha and Randy Beard.  As contractors who often work in the construction of watershapes conceived by top-flight architects, landscape architects and designers, they sometimes simply follow a plan.  In the project covered here, however, their involvement was much broader -- and reflects their ability to step up and participate as valued members of the design team.
This article, originally published in April 2006, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
TECHNICAL BRIEFING
Pond Perfection

The 'pond craze' may spell opportunity for watershapers, notes Rick Anderson, but a hot market can become too attractive, drawing in operators who lack the skills needed to do quality work.  What he suggests is stepping back and reviewing the keys to getting things right.    [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Updated Wisdom

Back in the early days of the WaterShapes web site, Jim McCloskey helped prepare a series of extremely practical (and unusually revealing) articles that helped define the site's potential.  Here's a look at those articles -- and at the premiere of a new set of 'Lessons Learned.'  [more]

'In the Pool . . . I Feel Liberated'
Swimming:  Keeping Oldsters Going Despite Their Infirmities

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Feeling Right at Home                 

Hitting the road is a great idea, observed Stephanie Rose in her Natural Companions column from ten years ago this month.  Here's a look at why she sees so much value in fresh perspectives.  [more]

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Custom Molded Products Offers Sultan's Jet Systems

       

Custom Molded Products (Newman, GA) is distributing the JetArray Inline Therapy Jet by Sultan Products.  Designed for use in inground concrete pools and spas, the units have no moving parts, can be attached in series and can handle flows of 55 gpm (but can work effectively at 18 gpm) in providing either hydrotherapy action or a swim current.  For details, click here.  

Waterway Plastics Releases 2015 Catalog

        

Waterway Plastics (Oxnard, CA) has published its pool/spa product catalog for 2015.  The 336-page compendium includes photographs, line drawings and specifications for the company's full line of hydraulic components -- from pumps, filters and air systems to valves, fittings, jets and unions.  There's also warranty and replacement-part information.  For details, click here

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THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Swimming Coach Sells Her House
And Car to Build Pool for City's Kids             

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including  reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  Veteran swim coach Sarah Bates recently sold her own house and car to help finance construction of a community pool for the kids in her town -- a pool that has been a longtime dream of hers.  Where does Sarah live? 

          a. Bisbee (USA)           b. Temora (Australia)     c. Whitehorse (Canada)    d.  Derby (U.K.)

2.  According to futuretravelexperience.com, Hamad International Airport (HIA) has opened a new spa that boasts, among other things, a 25-meter swimming pool.  HIA is located in one of the Arab countries bordered by the Persian Gulf.  In which city and country is HIA?

          a. Doha, Qatar             b. Dubai, UAE                  c. Abu Dhabi, UAE              d. Manama, Bahrain

3.  Guinness World Records has confirmed that the global event called "World's Largest Swimming Lesson," which took place this past June, was... well... the world's largest swimming lesson.  How many people -- both children and adults -- participated in the record-breaking event, according to a report on dnainfo.com?

          a. More than 25,000    b. More than 30,000     c. More than 35,000            d. More than 40,000.

To find out how many you got right, click here.

 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        November 5, 2014                                                                                                                    www.watershapes.com

FEATURE ARTICLE

 

Waters of Paradise                      


Brought in to work on an oddly shaped property in Panama, Raymond Jungles did what came naturally:  He sized up the site, negotiated some key details with the homeowners and, using water, plants and stone, brought their secluded tropical retreat vibrantly to life.  [more]
RIBBIT

The Making of a Frog Pond
 
Opening a new six-part video series on what it takes to craft ponds that appeal specifically to frogs, Eric Triplett gets started here by defining some of the key points that distinguish a common backyard pond from a suitable and welcome haven for water-loving amphibians.  [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#16:  Fire Fountain

As a pool/spa designer, Mike Farley constantly looks for ways to strech his design and construction skills.  As this video demonstrates, that sometimes means stepping beyond what might be considered the usual professional boundaries -- and playing with fire in the process.   [more] 

ESSENTIAL
Increasing Access                

The benefits of swimming and other forms of aquatic exercise are better defined and more widely known than ever before, notes Dr. Bruce Becker, one of the nation's top researchers into all the good things that happen when people get in the water.  But there are a number of obstacles that are keeping some of those who would benefit from actually getting in the water to help themselves, he adds -- a surmountable set of issues he explores here.

This article, originally published in July 2008, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text.
TRAVELOGUE
The Shape of Sacrifice

The D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., is a visit-worthy commemoration of the sacrifices made by the U.S. and allied troops who landed in Normandy in June 1944.  At its center, notes Jon Mitovich, stands a striking watershape that captures the emotional spirit of the battlefield.  [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Through a Glass, Brightly

Being on the road is enough to disrupt anyone's usual way of doing things, but, as always, the show must go on.  And that's true, writes Jim McCloskey, even when it means setting aside a work habit he's observed for more years than he cares to count.  [more]

Huge Outbreak of Hyper-Shrinkage?
43rd Annual Int'l Nude Swim
Meet Held in Mulhouse, France


WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Pools of Light                

As a lighting designer, Mike Gambino came out strongly in November 2009 with his thoughts on the power of a particular combination of design elements to create visually spectacular projects.   [more]
 

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Clay Filter Medium from Emperor Aquatics

       

Emperor Aquatics (Pottstown, PA) offers Filter Clay, a multi-function filtration medium made from clay finely ground and baked at a consistent particle size.  Intended for use in both mechanical and biological filter applications, the material works as a substitute for fine sand and has a highly porous surface that makes it ideal for bacterial colonization.  For details, click  here.  

Zodiac Pool Systems Launches Jandy Pro Series Heat Pumps

        

Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) has introduced the Jandy Pro Series JE line of heat pumps.  Designed to deliver maximum energy efficiency and reliability, the efficient units come in four models from 72,000 to 137,000 Btus and feature titanium heat exchangers, dual thermostats (for pool or spa), self-diagnostics and Aqualink compatibility.  For details, click here

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THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Daredevil BASE Jump into Pool
Results in Big Splash, No Splat             

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including  reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  At a recent international BASE jumping event in a major Asian city, jumpers flung themselves off a 1,099-foot tower and, according to HuffingtonPost.com, parachuted down into an outdoor swimming pool on the 34th floor of a nearby building.  In what city did this take place?

          a. Jakarta, Indonesia    b. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia    c. Tokyo, Japan    d. Bangkok, Thailand.

2.  Artist Henri Matisse's famous work "The Swimming Pool" ("La Piscine") -- which consists of paper cutouts hung along large burlap panels -- has gone on view at New York's Museum of Modern Art after a hiatus of 20 years. The 1952 piece was inspired, notes hyperallergic.com, by a trip Matisse took to one of his favorite swimming pools.  In what French city was the pool located?

          a. Rennes                      b. Lyon                                        c. Cannes            d. Marseilles.

3. Right-wingers in one European country are protesting a swimming pool's announced plan to hold special swim courses for Muslim women (non-Muslim women may attend as well).  The courses will be taught only by female instructors, reports rt.com, and participants will be "required to wear a wetsuit with sleeves and knee-length shorts, as well as a swimming cap."  In which country is the controversy taking place?

          a. France                       b. Belgium                                 c. Germany           d. Italy.

To find out how many you got right, click here.

 
 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        October 22, 2014                                                                                                                     www.watershapes.com

FEATURE ARTICLE

 

Concrete's Ways                     


It's easy to think of concrete as a commodity and take it for granted.  But that's an impulse you should resist, notes Paolo Benedetti, who explains here why it's important to know something about how concrete is mixed -- and how to manage it from the batch plant to the backyard.  [more]
TRAVELOGUE

An Imperfect Flow
 
The Pittsburgh park where the huge sculpture stands is a marvelous, compact space, writes Jim McCloskey.  Yet there's something about the way the tall structure has been set up as a fountain that bothers him -- despite his abiding admiration for the artist.   [more]
VIDEO GALLERY
Pooled Ideas

When his clients come to the design process with strong ideas of their own, writes Lew Akins, he takes everything into careful consideration -- and, as this video eloquently demonstrates, finds that it's occasionally possible to turn those desires into pure backyard magic.  [more] 

ESSENTIAL
Opening a Shell               

For nearly six years, this was a project that occupied most of James Atlas' working life, challenging him and the staff at Platinum Poolcare Aquatech with pursuing development of a watershape complex marked by great ambition, shifting needs and innumerable revisions.  Now that his work is complete and the site is finally ready for its close-ups, he guides us through a masterpiece he justly sees as his firm's crowning achievement.
This article, originally published in January 2009, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
TECHNICAL BRIEFING
A Stream Comes to Life

The 'art' of stream building is found mostly in the final stages of construction, says Rick Anderson.  Here, in the last installment of his series on streamcrafting, he walks us through the concluding steps involved in transforming a raw installation into a finished masterpiece.  [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Hitting the Road

Getting ready for the national pool expo can be a bit of a chore, concedes Jim McCloskey, but it's a small price to pay for the opportunity to see so many old friends all at once -- and, this year, to reach out to a new set of acquaintances to be made from an allied industry.  [more]

Truth Stranger Than Fiction:
Putin Given Aquatics Award for Boosting 'Peace and Friendship'

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
It's Easier Being Green               

In his October 2009 Aqua Culture column, Brian Van Bower came down resolutely on the side of getting in step with what was then an emerging movement -- and here's another look at why.    [more]
 

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Rubber Pool Deck Surfaces from No Fault Sport Group

       

No Fault Sport Group (Baton Rouge, LA) offers rubber pool deck surfaces for use on splash pads and other waterplay areas in both indoor and outdoor applications.  Available in 12 bright colors, the poured-in-place material is non-slip, seamless, permeable, porous and durable and provides a cushioned, easy-to-maintain surface that doesn't get too hot.  For details, click here

New Robotic Pool Cleaner from Hayward Pool Products     


Hayward Pool Products
(Elizabeth, NJ) has added the AquaVac 500 to its line of cleaners for inground residential pools.  The new, low-profile robotic unit features microprocessor-directed wall climbing and scrubbing; two cleaning modes; an out-of-water/beach-entry sensor; a 60-foot swiveling cord; and a power supply with an integrated timer.  For details, click here.

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THE AQUATIC QUIZ
USA Swimming Suspends Olympian
Michael Phelps After Arrest for DUI            

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including  reports connected to the three questions below.

1. Earlier this month, champion Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was suspended from competition by USA Swimming after he was arrested for DUI.  The organization said Phelps had violated its code of conduct.  According to a report in usatoday.com, how long will the suspension last?

          a. Six months               b. Nine months             c. 12 months             d. 15 months.

2.  Six Israeli men -- ages 42 to 66 -- recently swam 236 miles in the Mediterranean, from Cyprus to their home country.  Upon completing the swim, they claimed the world open-water relay record, an assertion that must be certified by Guinness World Records.  Which of the following, according to timesofisrael.com, did they not say was a problem they encountered?

          a. Jellyfish                                                                                                  b. Sharks
          c. Low water temperature (they wore only swim trunks)                  d. Floating plastic bags.

3.  Dr. Evans Boney, director of marketing at CandyWarehouse.com and creator of a new computer program that determines how many candies can fit into any given space, has calculated the number of M&Ms it would take to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool. And the answer, reports virtual-strategy.com, is . . .

          a. 2.4 million                b. 24 million                   c. 2.4 billion               d. 24 billion.

To find out how many you got right, click here.

 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        October 8, 2014                                                                                                                              www.watershapes.com

FEATURE ARTICLE

 

Seaside Luxury                    


Working around a talented architect's design can be an inspiring professional experience, observes Raymond Jungles -- and it gets even better when the canvas you're presented with is an unusually large property set in a lush, tropical paradise.  [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE
Community in Action

The hope-challenged hamlet of Wyandanch, N.Y., needed something special to set it on a new path, writes Joseph Serpe, and that's what he and his working partners offered in the form of a wilderness-themed spray park filled with interactive waterfeatures -- and two huge trees.   [more] 

WHAT IS IT?

#15:  Hidden Spa Spillway
 
Taking unusual or innovative approaches can be risky, acknowledges Mike Farley, but watershape designs can be the better for it if you break away from convention and -- as this video shows, for example -- take a fresh look at the ways pools and spas interact.    [more]

ESSENTIAL
Echoes of Enchantment              

Anthony Archer Wills has spent a four-decade career assembling some of the most beautiful aquatic compositions to be found anywhere in Europe or the United States.  Working in a range of scales and styles, he seeks to inspire those who observe his work by bringing them into close proximity with water -- whether it's a lake or a small pond -- and by encouraging them in terms both practical and emotional to share his love of water in garden settings.
 
This article, originally published in May 2005, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
TRAVELOGUE
Water and Whimsy

A unique mix of folk art and high technology, the Uncle Wilbur Fountain in Colorado Springs, Colo., delights area children and parents with music, animation and dancing water.  As Anne Gunn attests, it's well worth a visit to see what happens when the show gets going.  [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Up with Water!

When he surfs the web, Jim McCloskey rarely takes the time to do more than scan the headlines about technological breakthroughs.  But a recent one caught his eye, and he can't wait to see what future watershapers will do with this gravity-defying innovation.   [more]

New World Record Holder:
12-Story-Deep Swimming Pool
Boasts Underwater Walkway


WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
The Power in Partnering              

On watershaping projects, even minor conflicts or disputes can lead to courtroom battles.  Back in 1999, Curt Straub defined a way to avoid these lose/lose scenarios through a simple up-front agreement.  [more]
 

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Biological Pond Filters from Emperor Aquatics

       

Emperor Aquatics (Pottstown, PA) makes BioPro pressurized pond filters for use with heavy fish loads.  Designed for installation on ponds holding up to 16,000 gallons, the units work in tandem with mechanical filters (which clear away larger debris and solid waste) and support large colonies of beneficial bacteria in their bio-media filtering beds.  For details, click here.

LifeGuard Lift Offers Residential Pool Access   

 

LifeGuard Lift (Eaton Rapids, MI) has introduced a line of pool lifts designed for residential applications.  Available in powered-lift models with either manual or powered seat rotation, the units can be mounted with a deck plate or in a sleeve anchor and come with either a sling or a hard seat.  All models are able to handle weights up to 350 pounds.  For details, click here
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Intruder Goes Skinny-Dipping in
Hollywood Actor's Swimming Pool          

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including  reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  In two separate incidents, two different female intruders recently sneaked into the home of a well-known Hollywood actor; in the second case, reports kymx.cbslocal.com, the woman undressed and went skinny dipping in the actor's pool.  Which actor was it?

          a. Kevin Costner              b. Keanu Reeves           c. Denzel Washington      d. Adam Sandler.

2.  One European country, notes euronews.com, recently saw the opening of its first indoor pool for dogs.  Which country was it?

          a. The Netherlands         b. France                         c. Germany                        d. Spain.

3.  Acoording to myfoxatlanta.com, at what age did Atlanta resident and nonagenarian competitive swimmer Anne Dunivin (now 97) became involved with the sport?

          a. 87                                   b. 89                                 c. 91                                    d. 93.

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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        September 24, 2014                                                                                                            www.watershapes.com

 

FEATURE ARTICLE

 

Plastering When It's Hot?                   


When applied under ideal conditions, plaster is a wonderfully reliable finish for pools and spas.  But when temperatures rise to sufficiently high levels, says Kim Skinner, care must be taken to avoid compromising what should be a hard, smooth, durable finish.  [more]

VIDEO GALLERY

Making Amends
 
If a pond has gone as seriously wrong as the one depicted in the last video he shared, says Eric Triplett, the only recourse is demolishing it and, as this video shows, replacing it with a watershape that does a better job of meeting its owners' needs and desires.   [more]

TRAVELOGUE
A Nice, Hot Bath

Among his many fond memories of traveling through England, Jim McCloskey holds those of the city of Bath in special regard.  Partly, it's about local literary history, but even more so, it's about an ancient Roman spa now draped in neoclassical splendor.    [more] 

ESSENTIAL
A Sense of Place             

The renowned landscape architecture firm of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates has long advocated the concept of The New American Garden, an approach based on respect for native plants, local materials and a project's particular context.  Water is frequently a key feature in these spaces, explains Eric D. Groft, not only for its aesthetic potential but also because it puts the people who enter these spaces in desirable frames of mind.
This article, originally published in November 2009, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
TECHNICAL BRIEFING
Stream-Lined Effects

For all of the aesthetic considerations that come with crafting streams, the fact is that man-made waterways must function properly.  Here, Rick Anderson addresses this utilitarian part of the picture, guiding us through liner placement, plumbing and equipment installation.  [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Dry-Side Adventures

A few days back, Jim McCloskey was digging through some old photo files when he came across an old friend:  LandShapes, a short-lived (but brilliant!) publication that he immediately wanted to share with other friends through the auspices of the WaterShapes.com site.  [more]

Thou Art Where, O Romeo?! 
Shakespeare Classic Performed
In U.K. Edwardian Pool Complex


WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Setting Egos Aside             

Ego helps keep us going, concedes Brian Van Bower in his Aqua Culture column from September 2009.  But as he observed, it it can get very much in the way when it comes to projects of a certain kind.   [more]
 

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Waterplay Solutions Unveils Grasslands Aquatic Play System      

Waterplay Solutions (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada) has introduced Grasslands, a collection of aquatic play features for spray parks and waterparks.  Capturing the spirit of flowers, blades of grass, stone and various grassland creatures in ways that encourage exploration, they also delight children with decks jets, spray elements and mist.  For details, click here

Polaris Introduces the 9550 Sport Robotic Pool Cleaner

Polaris, a division of Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) has added the 9550 Sport model to its line of robotic pool cleaners.  Designed to climb steps and walls and clean the tile line with a solid-blade scrubbing brush, the unit features a seven-day programmable timer for custom cleaning cycles and a remote that can direct the cleaner through a pool.  For details, click here.

THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Sloshed Brit Swims in River
Directly in Path of Cargo Ship        

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including  reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  British Web site mirror.co.uk reports that a man risked death by swimming in the River Blyth directly in the path of a 4,000-ton cargo ship, triggering a rescue attempt by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).  The swimmer, who appeared to be inebriated, refused to get into the RNLI craft; instead, he swam to the side of the river and climbed out on a ladder.  What reason did the swimmer give for his idiotic action?

          a. He wanted to commit suicide in a unique way.
          b. Swimming in the river was cheaper than using his local pool.
          c. He didn't know there were ships in the river.
          d. He thought he could outswim anything that came along.

2.  According to swimmingworldmagazine.com, South African heart surgeon Dr. Otto Thaning recently captured the world record for being the oldest person to swim the English Channel. (He completed the feat in 12 hours, 52 minutes.) How old is Thaning?

          a. 70                               b. 73                               c. 76                                    d. 79.

3.  At a state-level swimming competition in one South Asian country, a bull somehow gained entry to the pool area and plunged into the water just before a race was to begin.  (Human swimmers were in the pool at the time and fled in terror, notes ndtv.com.)  It took more than an hour to coax the bull -- which seemed to be enjoying the dip -- out of the pool.  In what country did this take place?
 
          a. Bangladesh             b. Sri Lanka                  c. Pakistan                         d. India.

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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        September 10, 2014                                                                                                                                           www.watershapes.com

 

PROJECT PROFILE

 

A Wild Retreat                  


When Mother Nature wipes the slate clean with a hurricane, says Raymond Jungles, it's possible to rework a property's every detail.  Having fantastic rocks on site along with a nice elevation change and the availability of great native plants?  Well, it's a great place to start.  [more]

FEATURE ARTICLE

Custom Packages
 
Vinyl-liner pools have caught up in a big way when it comes to the kind of custom, resort-style features homeowners crave for their backyards.  Here, Eric Gohn relates how advances in fabrication technology are making these cool package-pool details possible.  [more]
VIDEO GALLERY
The HazMat Pond

Even people with good intentions make bad mistakes.  But in this case, says Eric Triplett, the perpetrators aimed to deceive, misleading their clients and leaving behind an epic mess Triplett puts on display in a video that is guaranteed to make pond professionals cringe.  [more] 

ESSENTIAL
Mining Their Dreams            

Pond and stream specialist Steve Sandalis has a penchant for creating dramatic watershape settings for residential clients who want something well beyond the ordinary.  His firm's expertise is on full display in this challenging project, which features a steep cascading waterfall, a stream and a pond suitable both for fish and for swimming -- all executed in a confined space at the bottom of a narrow canyon.
This article, originally published in March 2008, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
TRAVELOGUE
Water in the Desert

Inspired by the unique relationship between the Arizona landscape and the water that shapes it, say John Jennings and Jean Garbier, The Oasis waterpark in Phoenix was designed to blend in with its surroundings in a major resort -- well worth a stimulating visit.  [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Stunted Expectations

A current news story about a gang of copper thieves dredged up old memories for Jim McCloskey -- and leads him to express a concern about the ways small and often unrelated issues seem to be adding up to become potential challenges to public watershapes.  [more]

The World's Fastest Carpool?
Two Dudes Turn '69 Coupe de Ville
Into Rolling Hot Tub, Plan to Race It


WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Learning by Doing            

Don't get him started:  The lack of plant literacy, wrote Bruce Zaretsky in his 'On the Level' column for September 2009, is a major deficit among professionals in a key segment of a supposedly 'green' industry.   [more]
 

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Grand Effects Introduces Fire Candeleres      

 

Grand Effects (Irvine, CA) has announced the availability of Fire Candeleres for residential and commercial applications.  The units come in square or round formats and are available in stained concrete - or in a translucent quartz applied as a marquetry inlay and lit from within by white or colored LEDs.  All come with black metallic or black concrete bases.  For details, click here. 

Otterbine Barebo Offers Low-Voltage Fountain Lighting

Otterbine Barebo (Emmaus, PA) has introduced Fountain Glo low voltage LED lighting systems for its line of aerators and fountains.  Energy efficient, versatile and cost-effective, these two, four, six and eight-light sets operate 6.5-watt bulbs in bright white or warm white flood lamps, providing an 80% energy savings compared to MR16 halogen lamps.  For details, click  here.  

THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Aussie Long-Distance Swimmer
Detained by Brits in Mid-Race      

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including  reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  Australian marathon swimmer John Van Wisse -- competing in the Arch to Arc race, which includes running, swimming and cycling -- was confronted by British police, border guards and coast-guard staff while he was swimming near the cliffs of Dover.  (The name of the event stems from its course, from London's Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.)  Why was the Aussie briefly detained by British officials, according to theaustralian.com?

          a. There were allegations he was using performance-enhancing drugs.
          b. He was swimming in the nude.
          c. Some people thought he was trying to sneak into the U.K. illegally.
          d. Australia and the U.K. currently are in the midst of a diplomatic row.

2.  Web site host.madison.com reports that Barry Alvarez, longtime football coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently the school's director of athletics, recently described his "swimming routine" in an interview with The Wall Street Journal:  "My swimming routine is to pour a ______ and lay over one of those floating devices with my _______ and shoot the breeze with everybody."  Fill in the blanks.

          a. Cocktail               b. Glass of wine                c. Beer              d. Glass of lemonade.
 
3.  According to reuters.com, University of Southern California football player Josh Shaw admitted he lied about why he leapt off a second story balcony at an apartment complex, seriously injuring both ankles.  Shaw, who is a defensive back and captain of the USC team, was hailed as a hero because of his original story, which was widely reported by the media.  What was his fabricated version of the incident?

           a. He jumped off the balcony to rescue his girlfriend, who was drowning in the pool

       below.
          b. He jumped off the balcony to rescue his nephew, who was drowning in the pool
       below.
          c. He jumped off the balcony to stop a fistfight taking place on the pool deck.
          d. He jumped off the balcony to stop a rape taking place on the pool deck.

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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        August 20, 2014                                                                                                                   www.watershapes.com

PROJECT PROFILE

 

Add a Spa, Save a Home                 


It didn't take Paolo Benedetti long to notice that his prospective client's house was giving way on a slowly collapsing hilltop.  Armed with a fresh soils report, he designed a spa and stone deck that alleviated the slope's creeping -- and the homeowner's worries as well.  [more]

TRAVELOGUE

The Other Orlando Attraction
 
Traveling to Orlando often involves buying tickets to its many theme parks, but take it from frequent visitor Jim McCloskey:  If you just want to relax and have a good time for free, drop by downtown's Lake Eola and enjoy the show put on by it's beautifully restored musical fountain.  [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#14:  Cannon Jets

Arcing deck jets seem a natural addition to pools -- which might explain their "soaring" popularity.  But as Mike Farley
discusses in this video, there are several key points that should be considered up front, mostly having to do with where they're placed and how they're to be "used."  [more] 
ESSENTIAL
Playful Pursuits           

Landscape designer and watershaper Colleen Holmes
specializes in highly creative, richly detailed residential projects that embrace her clients' personalities, are based on solid engineering and construction practices and reflect her own distinctly lyrical sensibilities.  The project featured in these pages captures all those qualities and more in a fascinating tapestry of plants, hardscape and water that was a full six years in the making.
This article, originally published in December 2006, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.

 

TECHNICAL BRIEFING
Cutting a Channel

Stream building can be hard work, says Rick Anderson, but it isn't terribly complex or exotic.  All it takes to be successful in creating one that looks 'natural,' he explains, is a good plan, a thorough understanding of the site and a generous dose of thoughtful spontaneity.   [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Broadcast Merit

At long last, watershapes are getting some significant, consistent exposure on television -- and it's about damn time, writes Jim McCloskey, who has been working toward and hoping for this kind of episodic approach to the subject for more than a dozen years.  [more]

Repels Sun Rays, Perverts, Even Sharks!
The 'Facekini' Becomes a Big Hit
With Chinese Female Swimmers

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
The Designer's Environment           

Back in August 2004, David Tisherman devoted one of the most personal of all his Details column to guiding us on a tour of a special place that facilitates his work in designing watershapes.  [more]
 

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Coverall Stone Offers Basalt-Column Fountains     

Coverall Stone (SeaTac, WA) manufactures fountains and a range of other outdoor-living accessories from columnar basalt.  One type, Grand Coulee Basalt, is a dense, volcanic material that usually features five or six planes, has a brown/rust color and comes in larger diameters that are ideal for sculptural waterfeatures and landscape compositions.  For details, click here.  

BaduJet Imperial from Speck Pumps    

Speck Pumps (Jacksonville, FL) manufactures the BaduJet Imperial SwimJet System to provide a current to swim against in pools too small for effective lap swimming.  Controls for the jet system are built into the housing, including a knob to adjust the water flow and a regulator to control the amount of air included in the water stream.  For details, click here
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
USA Swimming Shows Support for
High School Swimmer with Leukemia    

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including  reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  According to the Web site azcentral.com, USA Swimming recently showed its support for 16-year-old high school swimmer Stephen Dwyer by bringing him and his family to the National Championships in Irvine, Calif.  Dwyer was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been undergoing difficult chemotherapy treatments.  In Irvine, the youngster got to meet many of his swimming idols.  Which of the following well-known swimmers is a relative of his?

          a.  Michael Phelps         b.  Ryan Lochte        c.  Connor Dwyer        d.  None of the these.


2.  The residents of a major U.S. metropolis are about the benefit from a floating swimming pool, pool deck and washroom facilities, all of which will be docked at an underused section of the city's harbor.  What city?

          a.  Chicago                      b.  New York             c.  Miami                       d.  Phoenix.


3.  June Krauser -- widely known as the "Mother of Masters Swimming" -- passed away earlier this month in Pompano Beach, Fla.  During her decades-long swimming career, she reportedly broke 154 U.S. records and 72 world records in the Masters division.  How old was June Krauser when she died?

          a.  82                                 b.  84                          c.  86                             d.  88.

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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        August 6, 2014                                                                                                                       www.watershapes.com

 

PROJECT PROFILE

 

A Private Paradise, Revisited                


It's not often that a designer gets to return to a past project and update it to meet the needs and desires of new owners.  But that was the opportunity Raymond Jungles was offered with this property and home -- a Mid-Century Modern classic located in the Florida Keys.  [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE

Preventing Plaster Dust
 
If you're one of those watershapers who accept plaster dust as a normal part of starting up a pool, says Kim Skinner, it's time to reconsider.  As he discusses in this article, there are all sorts of reasons dust formation is undesirable -- and some direct ways to avoid it.  [more]
TRAVELOGUE
New World Impressions

For more than 4,000 years, writes Bobbie Schwartz, stone has been used to make structures of enduring beauty and grandeur:  The Parthenon in Athens, for example, is a global icon.  But you don't have to go nearly so far to find other stone treasures worth traveling to see.  [more] 

ESSENTIAL
Great Wavelengths          

This elegant swimming pool/spa combination in southern California's Malibu Colony is one of the most challenging projects designer and builder David Tisherman has ever tackled.  Here, with all of the hurdles crossed and details complete, he invites you to join him for a visual celebration of the project -- one that caused him to reach to the outer limits of his creativity, expertise and stamina.      

 

This article, originally published in June 2003, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.    

FEATURE ARTICLE
Poolside Panache

Among all the ways there are to achieve great looks with backyard pools, says Keith Monk, there's one approach that probably deserves more attention than it gets.  Here, he suggests ways of having this underused material turn humdrum pools into distinctive showplaces.   [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
The Directory Is Back!

After months of review and validation, writes Jim McCloskey, the WaterShapes Resource Directory is up and running -- fully updated, streamlined and ready for use by all watershapers.  Here, he offers some observations on what proved to be an interesting process.  [more]

Committee Chair Doesn't Seem Amused:
Congressman Suggests Installing
A Truth-Testing Swimming Pool

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Giving to Receive          

Back in 2009, Brian Van Bower used his Aqua Culture column to discuss a simple gesture that is almost guaranteed to produce positive client responses -- not to mention strong, enthusiastic referrals.   [more]
 

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Sun-Shelf Nozzles from Roman Fountains   

 

Roman Fountains (Albuquerque, NM) manufactures the RPSS Series Sunshelf Nozzle, a small, precision-machined brass nozzle that can be installed flush into the floor of a pool entry shelf or step at moderate depth to produce an aerated mound of water above the pool surface.  The nozzle covers are removable for easy servicing and maintenance.  For    details, click here.   

LED Accent Lighting from Hayward Pool Products
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) offers ColorLogic color LED accent lighting for watershape applications.  Easy to install in as little as four inches of water and safe for wall or floor placement, the units are ideal for use on steps or thermal shelves, with bubblers and in spa dam walls or fountains and can be networked for color coordination.  For details, click here
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Prince George Learns to Swim  
In Buckingham Palace's Pool

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including a report connected to the three questions below.

1.  According to dailymail.co.uk, 1-year-old Prince George, future heir to the British throne, is learning to swim in a pool at Buckingham Palace -- the same pool where his father, Prince William, learned to swim.  The young prince's instructor?  His mum, the Duchess of Cambridge.  Did the article also reveal the following?

"...[palace] rules state that if a staff member is swimming and a royal appears, the staff member always has to get out of the pool immediately.  If a staff member arrives to swim and a royal is already swimming, they must not attempt to join the royal, it is said."
Is that explanation of the rules true or false?

2.  "The heavy chemical smell around [a] pool is a reminder that chlorine is present in the water for killing germs." 

Is this statement, which appears on the Web site waterandhealth.org, true or false?

3.  Waterandhealth.org also notes that when swimmers' hair -- blonde hair in particular -- turns green, the culprit is not the chlorine in the pool.

True or false?

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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        July 23, 2014                                                                                                                                                                            www.watershapes.com

 

PROJECT PROFILE

 

Reflective Glory               


Working on a major art installation quickly and with a need for secrecy:  That was the challenge the client presented to Bryan Weber and his staff in designing and building two reflecting pools that now elevate 'Sky Mirror' to a position of prominence in front of a major sports stadium.  [more]
VIDEO GALLERY

Pipe Diameter ABCs
 
Once upon a time, builders saw pipes as pipes -- their size made no difference as long as they moved water along its way and didn't leak.  But all that has changed, says Lew Akins -- and as he discusses in this brief video, watershape owners are much the better off for it.   [more]

TRAVELOGUE
On the Beach

In the course of a day in the sun with good friends, Jim McCloskey was introduced to a derelict swimming pool built long ago by a renowned architect for a famous client.  This beautiful watershape is now fully restored, open to the public and well worth a pilgrimage.  [more] 

ESSENTIAL
Native Vision         

The watershapes for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian came with a high-minded design mission as well as a significant set of technical challenges.  Here, design-team member Dominic Shaw surveys the history of the project, discussing the many details that make the watercourse and wetland area surrounding the newest facility on the Capitol Mall a fitting tribute to those the space seeks to honor.   

This article, originally published in November 2006, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.    

INTERVIEW
On Energy Stars and Watershapes

Among consumers, the Energy Star label is a valued mark of distinction.  In this exclusive Interview, Pentair's Jeff Farlow traces the process by which some pool-related products are finally gaining recognition -- and access to the program's many promotional benefits.  [more] 
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Rising Tides

The title of this newsletter has changed effective with this edition, notes Jim McCloskey.  But with the exception of a single large and important addition, its mission is no different from the one with which WaterShapes started back in February 1999.    [more]

Wearing a Bikini to Send a Message:
Vacationing Model Shows Her Colostomy Bags to the World

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Size Does Matter         

In her Natural Companions column of June 1999, Stephanie Rose raised an issue about the practicalities of project planning and management that still needs consideration to the present day.  [more]
 

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Fiberoptic Lighting Systems from S.R. Smith

 

S.R. Smith (Canby, OR) now manufactures the Fiberstars line of lighting products -- including Color Light Streams, which are used to illuminate the streams of water produced by laminar jets, bubblers, rain features and waterfalls as well as the star-lighting systems placed on watershape floors.  Colors include white, blue, green, red, amber and purple.  For details, click here.  

Fountain Bleu Offers Dual-Filter Cart for Pond Cleaning
Fountain Bleu (Southwick, MA) now offers Dual-Filter Carts for use with its Water-Vac Solids Separation Systems.  The filters break down particulates into multiple stages to speed up cleaning times.  Operating to the 200-micron level at 3,000 gallons per hour, the carts can be combined to bring even more filtration to the pond-cleaning process.  For details, click here.  
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Australian Swimming Champ 
Ian Thorpe Comes Out as Gay

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including a report connected to the three questions below.

1.  While the sexual orientation of Ian Thorpe ("the Thorpedo" and "Australia's Greatest Olympian") has long been the subject of speculation, the legendary swimming champion -- now retired from the sport -- recently put an end to the rumors by publicly revealing he is gay.  Although Thorpe competed in a number of different Olympic swimming events, what was his specialty?

          a. Backstroke                b. Breaststroke            c. Freestyle                  d. Butterfly.

2. British swimmer Rebecca Coales has broken a U.K. free-diving record by swimming more than three-and-a-half lengths of an Olympic-size pool without coming up for air.  The Web site mrror.co.uk reports that the 38-year-old Coales -- who was wearing a monofin during the swim -- held her breath for how long?

          a. More than 1.5 minutes                                   b. More than 1.75 minutes
          c. More than 2.0 minutes                                   d. More than 2.5 minutes.

3.  FloWave, a new "swimming pool" at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, will be used for conducting scientific research into tidal wave power.  The advanced ocean simulator can duplicate very fast currents and extremely high waves.  According to dailymail.co.uk, up to how high?  

          a. Three stories           b. Five stories               c. Seven stories          d. Nine stories.

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        July 9, 2014                                                                                                                                                                            www.watershapes.com

 

PROJECT PROFILE

 

A Mirror on Infinity              


Tackling a major fountain project in a significant public space is nothing new to Jon Mitovich -- but getting it done at breakneck speed?  That, he says, brought out something special in everyone who worked on the stacked reflecting pools positioned in front of Dallas' AT&T Stadium.  [more]
WHAT IS IT?

#13:  Volleyball Plus
 
Today's pools are used for a range of purposes, observes Mike Farley -- exercise, games, swimming, relaxation and more.  As he suggests in this video, there's one key watershape feature that goes a long way toward making this varied functionality a comfortable possibility.   [more]
TECHNICAL BRIEFING
Where Streams Live

Designing and building a big stream is no small task, with the scale of these projects and high client expectations ratcheting up the stakes.  To sort it all out, Rick Anderson approaches his wandering-water projects by keeping a great resource uppermost in mind.  [more] 
ESSENTIAL
A Hit on the High Seas        

One of the most unusual watershape systems ever built, the AquaTheater on the Oasis of the Seas is the first theatrical waterfeature ever installed on a cruise ship.  In this special two-in-one article, Fluidity's Jim Garland and Tom Yankelitis begin with a description of the ideas and the design process that led to creation of this shipboard super-fountain, then Crystal Fountains' Ritesh Khetia discusses the engineering and systems-integration solutions that make it all work.

This article, originally published in November 2010, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.    

WATERSHAPES WORLD
What's in a Name?

As he wrapped up preparations for the current edition of this newsletter, it struck Jim McCloskey that there was something a bit strange about its name -- a thought that leads him to announce a key change in the way we'll all refer to it in the months and years to come.  [more]
TRAVELOGUE
A Modest Monument

The York Street Millennium Fountain in Ottawa is a small marvel that characterizes the city in ways that something grander perhaps never could.  Go see it for yourself, advises John Altorio, to weigh all of the careful balances the project involved.   [more] 

Pudginess, Meet Combat Readiness:
Kim Jong Un Supervises Swim
Drill for N. Korean Naval Officers


WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Grounded Value        

Back in 2009, Bruce Zaretesky hopped aboard one of his favorite trains of thought and railed against a popular feature that's common to vast numbers of residential (and even commercial) landscapes.  [more]
 

THE SHOPPING CART

 

Poolstones Introduces Marble Overflow System
Poolstones by Sofikitis (Voula, Greece) offers a pool-overflow system made of solid marble.  Precision-cut for free water passage, the units have slightly bullnosed front edges to encourage flow back into the pool, while the back edge is perfectly flat for easy leveling with decking materials.  The grate can be made of anti-slip marble, with or without slots.  For details, click here.
AquaMaster Adds to Its Aerating Fountain Line
AquaMaster Fountains & Aerators (Kiel, WI) has added Imperial to the numerous patterns available in its Master Series of fountains.  Designed for pond and lake aeration, the new unit features a spinning outer pattern combined with an upright central geyser and is available in seven models with pumps ranging from 1/2 to 10 horsepower.  For details, click here
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
World Cup Nude Swimming
Photos Outrage Teammates

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including a report connected to the three questions below.


1.
   At the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil, one Slavic country's team was incensed when photos were published showing some of its members swimming naked in the pool at their training complex.  The photos reportedly were taken by paparazzi hiding nearby.  What country?

          a. Slovenia                      b. Croatia                     c. Montenegro            d. Bosnia-Herzegovina.

2.  The world's first doggie swimming pool -- complete with slides and fountains -- recently opened near what major European city?

          a. Lisbon                         b. Barcelona                c. Warsaw                  d. Berlin.

3.  A new swimming pool at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus -- part of a $63 million recreation center renovation and expansion -- is in the shape of the school's mascot. What character is the pool supposed to represent?

          a. Ralphie the Buffalo                                          b. Ralphie the Aardvark
          c. Ralphie the Bear                                              d. Ralphie the Eagle.

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