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October 7, 2020

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A Study in Contrasts, Part 2
 

FEATURE ARTICLE

A Study in Contrasts, Part 2

Here, in the second part of a dual project profile, Reid Schindler discusses the sleek, contemporary design he created right next door to a completely rustic, free-form pool he discussed in WaterShapes’ last edition.  It's an entirely different (and appropriate) set of design criteria, challenges and solutions. [more]

BENEATH THE SURFACE

Detail: S032B

 

Preventing voids or 'shadows' during shotcrete application is always crucial -- and particularly tricky in designs in which the steel must be close together.  In those cases, writes Dave Peterson, consider this detail.  [more]

FEATURE ARTICLE

 

Rising High, Part 2

Mark and Zachary Trapani specialize in elevated, above-grade pools, mostly above the concrete canyons of New York City.  As they discuss here in the second and final part of this series, it's a niche that requires careful analysis, creativity and sharp eyes for detail -- especially in existing buildings.[more]

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A Shining Takeaway

Given the industry's current struggles to keep up with the overwhelming demand for watershapes, Eric Herman suggests that it's time to consider what's driving the buying frenzy – and spend some time in the buyer's shoes.  [more]

Aquamatic
 

DIRECT CONNECTIONS

Direct Connections
 

Chemistry is for Everyone

This time, the folks at Ask the Masters and Pool Pro Podcasts delve into the many reasons why understanding water chemistry and how it can best be managed is beneficial to both watershapers and consumers.  [more]

Open Waters
 

Expanding Blue Mind

The Blue Mind concept popularized by author and marine biologist Wallace “J” Nichols manifests itself in a numerous ways -- and the message is spreading, as can be seen in a spectrum of online resources that echo and amplify the profundity of an aquatic lifestyle as well as a broader appreciation of science and the natural world.   [more]

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Wolfpack
 

Estimating Success

Accurate cost estimating is essential for all successful watershape-construction businesses -- especially when sales activity is at a frenzied pace.  That in mind, Dave Peterson is preparing an upcoming live, online course on job costing that couldn't be more timely.  [more]

ESSENTIAL

 

Emotional Foundations

At their best, say landscape artists and educators Cynthia and Gary Kinman, watershape and landscape design and construction are integrated reflections of the clients' personalities and desires -- and even their feelings about family and life itself.  A case in point is the huge project profiled here, in which the pair used their technical skill, patience and personal ideals to transform a steep, forbidding hillside into a client-centered celebration.   

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

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We Browse 

So You Don't Have To...

Accommodation Upgrades:  A Hawaiian masterpiece heads a list of stunning pools that raise the bar for design.  [more]

Perfect for anyone who needs to recharge a bucket list.

The Downward-Diving Dog:  A seven-year-old whippet named Spitfire has dock-diving prowess must be seen to be believed as he flies the length of the pool and brings home the gold.  [more]

He makes it look easy because, for him, it's all about the treats he gets after a performance!  

On Tap
 

Pentair Offers AcuPort Control Unit

Pentair Pool Products (Sanford. NC) brings remote-control capabilities to commercial equipment rooms by combining its AcuPort modules with the company’s Acu-Trol controller and a facility’s LAN service to provide secure system access via Windows-based laptops and other devices that are part of its WiFi network or through the Internet. For details, click here

FAFCO Offers Hybrid Heating System

FAFCO (Chico, CA.) has introduced CoolPV, a hybrid photo-voltaic/solar pool-water heating system that generates household electricity while simultaneously heating water in the same rooftop footprint. In addition, water flowing through the panels to be heated also serves to cool the photo-voltaic panels to extend the panels’ service lives. For details, click here

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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

        September 16, 2020                                                                                                                                                                         www.watershapes.com  
FEATURE ARTICLE

A Study in Contrasts, Part 1
Watershaper Reid Schindler was asked to create side-by-side designs for neighboring business partners. The kicker, he says in the first of a pair of articles, was that the two projects were direct stylistic opposites.  [more]


BENEATH THE SURFACE
     
Detail:  S032
Avoiding 'shadowing' in the shotcrete-placement process is crucial to the structural integrity of pool shells, notes Dave Peterson. Here, he shares a detail that dodges the void creation that can lead to structural compromises.   [more]

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
A Beautiful Wreck  

Part of a team that recently completed an intricate splash pad on the shores of Washington's scenic Puget Sound, Kent Walker guides a tour of a design centered on a faux shipwreck -- and its cargo of interactive features.   [more]
ESSENTIAL

Forms and Figures
 
Water and works of art have been near-constant companions for millennia, but that traditional pairing seems to be generating new enthusiasm, says watershape designer/builder Randy Beard, with more and more property owners seeking to make unique statements by putting artworks on display in and around water.  He takes a look at this emerging trend here, using a number of his recent projects in southern California to illustrate the point.  
   
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in July 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
DIRECT CONNECTIONS

Exploring New Efficiency Rules
It might be the biggest change the pool industry has seen since passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act: The U.S. Dept. of Energy is banning most single-speed pumps and changing the way all of these devices are rated.   [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

Culture of Conflict

Will a flood of litigation compromise the watershaping industry's reputation and/or success -- and how might 'alternative dispute resolution' fit into the picture? Here's Eric Herman's take on both fronts.    [more]

OPEN WATERS

The Journey 
into Design 
 
The discipline of landscape architecture is based on a single process, says Mike Farley, that can be applied to a variety of design types.  Here's how you can pick up this systematic approach without having to go to college.     [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . . 

Pools by Architects: Ten beautiful watershapes set high standards for creativity and integrated design.   [more]
There's a reason these designers are all renowned. 
Beautiful Derelicts: Even abandoned swimming pools can be visually appealing, even if they're a little gross.   [more]
I guess it really is all in the eye of the beholder. 
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Fluid Engineering
Goes Digital
In a ground-breaking presentation, Watershape University's Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop spread out over two intensive days of online instruction -- and it may have been a first-ever event for the industry. To learn more, click here
 
Bradford Offers Custom Waterfalls   
 
Bradford Products (Leland, NC) offers its Bradford FX line of sheeting waterfalls. The units create continuous, unbroken sheets of water that cascade into a surrounding basin or pool and come in two formats -- either fully enclosed and pressure driven or set up as a simple overflow system in which water fills an open trough before cascading. For details, click here.
Original Statuary from World of Bronze
 
World of Bronze (Las Vegas, NV) fabricates fountains and statuary made of solid bronze. Made using the lost-wax process, the cast products are initially finished to a multi-tone, antique patina with hand-applied highlights; these variations in color and intensity are then hand-rubbed to bring out details and textures in ways that recall classic works of art. For details, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

        August 19, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                www.watershapes.com  
FEATURE ARTICLE

Splashing for All
Splash pads have jumped in popularity by bringing fun to a variety of public spaces.  But there's one key factor to keep in mind in their design and installation, writes Chris Thomas, that helps these inviting, entertaining features serve the broadest possible spectrum of visitors.   [more]


BENEATH THE SURFACE
     
Detail:  P783
With this edition of WaterShapes, Dave Peterson introduces a new, ongoing series that will focus on plan schematics builders can use to improve, fine-tune and fortify their projects. He starts here with a simple way to eliminate visual insults to waterline tile and interior finishes.  [more]

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Raising the Floor  

Movable pool floors have been around a long time, but perfecting and popularizing the concept has proved an elusive goal. Here, Diego Merkenbreak explores the process of changing that situation -- and making these projects more functional, reliable and common.   [more]
ESSENTIAL

A Window into Nature 
 
Microsoft's corporate campus near Seattle has been the birthplace of much of the world's most significant consumer-electronics technology.  When it came time to adorn the ultramodern facility with a watershape of it own, writes Jon Mitovich, the scope and complexity of the system was intended to reflect the scale and grandeur of the world's most famous software company -- and to fill a circumscribed space as though it had been there from time immemorial. 
   
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in February 2003, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
DIRECT CONNECTIONS

Diving Deep

Ask the Masters has released a detailed, four-part series of podcasts profiling a stunning, challenging residential project in Scottsdale, Ariz., that includes multi-layered waterproofing, acrylic-panel installation, an all-tile finish -- and an incredible level of on-site coordination.  [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

Trade Show Respite

It looks as though in-person, traditional trade shows won't be happening for a while. But as Eric Herman points out, when these events do come back, they will likely do so with renewed vigor -- and might even be accompanied by what could prove to be popular online versions as well.   [more]

OPEN WATERS

Comedic 
Chasm 
There's a long tradition of pools being used in movies to great dramatic effect, but portrayals of the pool and spa industry itself are nearly non-existent. One exception, reports Jim McCloskey, can be found in the 1967 film Don't Make Waves, which features a comedic take on the glamorous life of a "pool tycoon."    [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . . 

Bird's-Eye Pools:  Photographer releases series of striking swimming pool photos that qualify as high art.    [more]
Hockney has a rival with these aquatic dreamscapes.
Speaking of Hockney:  Here's why this artist's iconic paintings continue to inspire and provoke us.   [more]
They are the crown jewels of the pools-as-art genre.
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Across the
Platforms
Watershape University is responding to the current health crisis with caution and optimism by offering both online programs as well as in-person events in the fall.
Whether you attend via a computer screen or in a physical classroom, the scheduled programs are designed to provide much-needed fundamental education.  If you want to know more about what this means to you as a watershaper, click here
 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Hayward Manufactures Waterproof Remotes   
 
Hayward Pool Products (Clemons, NC offers the programmable, fully rechargeable and completely waterproof AquaPod to take pool and spa control right into the water. Backlighted for nighttime use and engineered to float horizontally, the units enable users to turn up the heat, turn on the lights or activate waterfeatures with just a touch. For details, click here.
A&A Launches Line of Waterfeatures
 
A&A Manufacturing (Phoenix, AZ) produces LivingWaters fixtures that use six custom-configured jets to bring continuous, ever-changing dancing-water effects to pools, spas and other waterfeatures. The height-adjustable nozzles can retract flush with a watershape's floor when not in use and can also be installed as stand-alone enhancements for backyards. For details, click here.
 
 
 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

        September 2, 2020                                                                                                                                                                          www.watershapes.com  
FEATURE ARTICLE

Design and Desire
Working with an ample budget, great clients and a large, open canvas all spelled 'opportunity' for Jason Brownlee -- a chance to integrate multiple design elements into a composition in which water, stone, tile and fire define a European look that also offers a dash of mystery.  [more]


BENEATH THE SURFACE
     
Detail:  A201
This time, Dave Peterson shares a simple, reliable way to extend stone veneer from the deck surface all the way down into the pool's interior.  It's a great way, he suggests, to create a transition from dry to wet surfaces that is durable, graceful -- and visually seamless.  [more]

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Art of the Waterfall  

No matter whether it's a pond, stream or swimming pool, waterfalls are an appealing part of the composition -- which is why Larry Carnes includes them in most of his projects. Here, he shares some approaches to making these features both naturalistic and completely mesmerizing.    [more]
ESSENTIAL

Liquid Glass 
 
The relationship between glass and water can be a powerful one, says John Gilbert Luebtow, a modernist sculptor who uses water to spectacular effect in some of his work.  Here, he explores the nature of that relationship while describing three major projects in which the 'visual dance' between water and glass is expressed in multi-dimensional shapes and sweeping, organic lines. 
   
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in January 2001, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
DIRECT CONNECTIONS

Botched Plaster Bonding
For more than three decades, concerns about plaster have beset the pool industry with a variety of contentious questions and pointed debates. If there's one thing almost everyone agrees on, however, it's that there's a need for a reliable interface between concrete and plaster.  [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

Imagination in Demand

As the weird summer of 2020 strectches toward the fall, watershapers continue to report unprecedented sales activity. Perhaps that sweltering demand justifies charging design fees, suggests Eric Herman -- and maybe kicking them up a notch or two as demand meets supply.   [more]

OPEN WATERS

Long Live 
the Sundlaugs 
Despite its position just a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle, the small island nation of Iceland arguably leads the world in its passion for public swimming pools.  Eric Herman finds this Icelandic embrace of the aquatic lifestyle both amazing and inspiring -- and ample motivation for a bit of vocabulary expansion.    [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . . 

Now You See It: Chinese architects create a mixed-use property that uses water in clever vignettes.     [more]
Geometry, light and water can be a magical combination. 
Legacy of a Master: One of the 20th Century's most influential artists had a real flair for using water.    [more]
Mr. Halprin made his own rules while redefining design. 
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Living with
Devastation
This year's fire season has once again wrought widespread destruction across several western states.  For many, however, it's much more than a story on the news but a life-altering tragedy. 
One of those who suffered as a result of one such cataclysm is our own, blue-minded Wallace J Nichols, who lost his home in a firestorm that has consumed thousands of acres of forested land near Santa Cruz, Calif.  To appreciate the way he's evaluating and handling the situation, click here
 
Pentair Premieres an LED Bubbler   
 
Pentair Pool & Spa Equipment (Sanford, NC) has released the ColorVision Bubbler, a combination of ColorVision Niche and Pentair GloBrite LED lights that produces vivid fountain-like water movement. The low-voltage system requires minimal water flow and brings a colorful, energy-efficient element to pools, ponds, fountains and more. For details, click here.
Hudson Aquatic Offers Treadmill Systems
 
Hudson Aquatic (Angola, IN) makes the AquaGaiter, a drop-in underwater treadmill designed to upgrade any facility or backyard with all the benefits of rehabilitation, aquatic conditioning or general exercise as part of a wellness program. The units feature variable-speed adjustments and are available with heavy-duty and high-speed options. For details, click here.
 
 
 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

        August 5, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                www.watershapes.com  
FEATURE ARTICLE

Finding Fountains
Moving from backyard ponds to commercial fountains is a big leap, says Tim Krzeminski, one that requires diligence, expanded skill sets and organizational discipline -- not to mention the raw courage needed to tackle bigger, more complex systems with huge public profiles.   [more]

GOURMET WATER
     
The Art of Service  

Pool service can be complex and challenging, with the level of difficulty largely determined by decisions a builder makes long before a technician ever shows up. That's why Steve Kenny infuses his design and construction approaches with awareness of the basic needs of gourmet water.   [more]


DIRECT CONNECTIONS
     
Hydraulic Harmony
Welcome to 'Direct Connections,' a new department that is now part of the WaterShapes feature array. What you'll find here are videos and multi-media presentations on technical and business topics -- including this podcast by Dave Penton about a key factor in system engineering.  [more]
ESSENTIAL

Softening Edges 
 
Among all of the elements defining superior naturalistic watershapes, accomplished pond/stream specialists know that edge treatments are generally what separates great work from the ordinary.  Here, watershaper Steve Sandalis highlights these transitions, sharing techniques he uses to soften edges and create areas where grassy verges, plants, beaches and rocks combine to make impressions in various and seamlessly beautiful ways. 
   
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in January 2010, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
SPACE RELATIONS

Eastern Eclectic

Five years in the making, this project pushed his team to explore the limits of their creativity, says Ben Dozier.  The result is a set of garden rooms that involve classic styles, plantings, sculptures, garden ornaments and fine hardscape treatments. And then, of course, there's the water.  [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

Fire-Fighting Pools

The concept of fighting fires with pool water has been around for decades, observes Eric Herman. But despite the brutal logic in support of deploying systems to make it possible, too many pools in fire-prone areas are simply not equipped to help in knocking down the flames.   [more]

OPEN WATERS

Learning by 
Adventure 
In this edition, Eric Herman checks in on a program that provides teens and young adults with life-altering learning experiences -- in  this case courtesy of an ambitious organization that challenges them to build a schooner that serves in equal parts as sailing ship and classroom.  [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . . 

Status Symbols: An insightful look at how the swimming pool became an iconic symbol of the good life.   [more]
It's about way more than keeping up with the Joneses!
Mid-Century Magic: Check out these simple (yet stunning) martini-modern swimming pool designs.   [more]
Frank, Dean and Sammy would be immensely proud.  
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Constructive
Engagement
Support from businesses within the watershaping industry enables Watershape University to provide top-flight educational programs on line -- and, in the not-too-distant future, live and in person. 
But it's more than the usual sort of sponsorship. Instead, it's what we call engagement.  If you want to know what that means to you as a watershaper, click here to learn more. 
 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Palapa Structures Makes Palapas and Tiki Huts    
 
Palapa Structures (Los Angeles, CA) specializes in palapa and tiki-hut structures in a variety of formats featuring one- to four-pole configurations and sizes ranging from seven- to 12-feet across. Made with a double layer of thatch and four-section steel frame assemblies, the covers come with African reed, bamboo or SynthThatch - or as snap-on panels. For details, click here.
Fountain People Improves Fountain-In-A-Can
 
Fountain People (San Marcos, TX) has upgraded its familiar Fountain-in-a-Can (FIAC) product line with a new, manual Integral Throttling Valve that allows a fountain's water height to be adjusted from the top-plate without ever having to enter the fixture: On-site adjustments are now fast and easy using a wrench at the surface of the fountain. For details, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

        July 22, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                   www.watershapes.com  

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Patient Perfection  

While true perfection is an elusive goal, Grant Smith believes in pursuing it by exceeding engineering and construction standards and paying attention to fine aesthetic details. And as he reports here, sometimes he ends up chasing it for clients who like to change their minds.  [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE

The Shaq Pond
Installing a pond for basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal was a personal thrill, notes Greg Wittstock. But even if he and the all-star project team were a little bit starstruck, they stayed focused and approached the work as an expression of aquatic art at the highest level.    [more]


FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Pathways to Efficiency
Creating swimming pools that save on energy costs is a consuming passion for Douglas Cook. As he explains here, he achieves best results with combinations of energy-smart solutions -- often including solar heating and power generation -- that can lead to dramatic savings.  [more]
ESSENTIAL

The Science of Lighting        

When designed and installed properly, a landscape lighting system enables clients to enjoy their watershapes and landscapes well after the sun goes down.  But achieving those satisfactory results, says lighting expert Mike Gambino, requires an understanding not only of the aesthetics of lighting design, but also an appreciation of the technology behind the beauty and an ability to lay components out in ways that electrically balance the system. 
   
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in February 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
SPATIAL CONNECTIONS

Refined Expressions

Water can be used in almost every setting to add interest, beauty and a sense of tranquility.  But what that means in design terms changes in response to a setting's needs and a client's expectations, say Janet Rosenberg and Glenn Herman -- and produces a spectrum of solutions.   [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

A Cautionary Note

A surge in pool sales is a beautiful thing, observes Eric Herman.  But with this groundswell of popularity, it's more important than ever to educate homeowners -- especially those with young children or grandchildren -- to be mindful of the value of safety and drowning prevention.   [more]

OPEN WATERS

Oasis on the Prairie 
Welcome to Open Waters, a brand-new WaterShapes feature in which we will explore the variety and creativity of the wide world of water with a rotating roster of blogs, travelogues and other discussions of all things aquatic -- including this entry about a Tulsa, Okla., landmark.  [more]
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New Talent
Comes Aboard
Watershapes University is pleased to welcome Brett Herman to the Wolfpack.

The talented son of WaterShapes Editor Eric Herman, he'll be responsible for social media outreach and database management for Watershape University while also providing editorial and digital support for WaterShapes.com.  To learn more about him, click here
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . . 

Naturally Beautiful:  A quick tour of some of America's most stunning (and therapeutic) natural spaces.   [more]
Be prepared for some additions to your bucket list!
Streaking Spiders: A sometimes unnerving visit with the prime water-surface athletes of the insect world.  [more]
Impress clients with your knowledge of aquatic entomology.
 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
J&J Electronics Offers Nicheless Light Fixtures    
 
J&J Electronics (Chino, CA) produces the ColorSplash VU RGB-W, a 1.5-inch, nicheless LED fixture for pool and spa applications. The light source features a variety of colors and can put on its own light shows to transform ordinary aquatic settings into custom, illuminated waterfeatures. The product also comes in a pure-white version. For details, click here.
Aquaview Makes Frameless Glass Fences
 
Aquaview Glass Fence & Railing Systems (New York, NY) offers a line of fully frameless glass railing systems. Providing crystal-clear views with a contemporary design that enhances all aquatic spaces, the systems are designed for strength and reliability even in high-wind zones and can be used to complete pool areas, balconies, decks and sea walls. For details, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

        July 8, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                     www.watershapes.com  

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Demise of the Water Hazard  

Through the past 15 years, golf-course designs have embraced a distinctly minimalist approach. It's a response, writes Ken Alperstein, to the fact that the number of courses being built has shrunk dramatically -- and that attitudes about water use are changing profoundly.  [more]
POND INSIGHTS

A Perfect Coda
The conclusion of the pond installation process offers moments to create lasting client impressions. As Dave Garton points in this final entry in his series on client relations, it's a critical juncture where all of the physical work and management of expectations come together.   [more]


FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Rising High: Part 1
When you work high above the ground, you have to see things from different angles, say high-rise specialists Mark and Zachary Trapani. The rigors and complexity of working with elevated watershape installations requires careful investigation and problem solving at every turn. [more]
ESSENTIAL

A Classic Crescendo        

For most of a four-year stretch, landscape architect/contractor/watershaper Mark Holden devoted much of his professional energy to the creation of magnificent settings for Cima del Mundo, a grand estate high in the hills of Montecito, Calif. In two previous articles, he wrote about the nuts and bolts of the multi-phase project.  Here, he steps back and offers a pictorial celebration to mark its completion.  
   
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in July 2002, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
SPATIAL CONNECTIONS

Forms and Figures

Water and art have been near-constant companions for millennia, but that traditional pairing seems to be generating new enthusiasm, says Randy Beard, with more and more property owners seeking to make unique statements by putting artwork on display in and around water.   [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

Remembering an Icon

When industry legend Howard Arneson passed away in June at age 99, he left behind a legacy of innovation that fueled industry growth in the mid-20th Century. Here, Eric Herman honors Arneson's contributions with the help of two industry leaders who knew him well.    [more]

LIVING BLUE

Just a Simple Pool 
When you live in the blistering heat of the desert, a pool rises above its common status as a luxury, transformed instead into an absolute necessity. As Eric Herman has recently rediscovered, that 'upgrade' can happen with even the simplest of pools because, ultimately, it's the water that delivers the benefits rather than the tile, plaster, equipment pad or coping.   [more]
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From the
Studio
Watershape University's sequence of Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays continues to provide useful and engaging information every Hump Day afternoon. 

If you haven't been able to sit in on these sessions, or missed some along the way, click here to learn more and catch up!
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . . 

Interior Magic: Artificial rock isn't just for use outdoors, as this survey of indoor looks clearly reveals.    [more]
A new decorative touch for pool houses and outbuildings?
Aquatic Architecture: These ten examples offer all comers a spectrum of dazzling design possibilities. [more]
Pushing the frontiers of architectural pool and pond design.
 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Aquatica USA Provides Outdoor Showers    
 
Aquatica USA (Miami, Fla.) has introduced Aquatica Gamma 515, a freestanding outdoor shower made of 316L stainless steel. Designed for cold-water rinsing, the unit features push-tap operation that delivers 20 to 25 seconds of cold water and then shuts off automatically. A hot-water mixing system is also available as an option. For details, click here.
Landscape Forms Makes Seating Systems
 
Landscape Forms (Kalamazoo, Mich.) has created the Link seating system - a line of modular outdoor furnishings intended to provide the convenience of an off-the-shelf product with the style of customized site furnishings. The wood slats allow for straight, mitered, arced or serpentine arrangements to suit the needs of almost any setting. For details, click here.
 
 
 

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