Watershaping advanced by leaps and bounds from 1999 through 2004 – a journey of artistry and practicality that was an inspiration to witness. In this retrospective feature, WaterShapes Editor Eric Herman reviews 25 key projects published during that time frame, offering an ongoing resource to watershapers while defining a Platinum Standard for the designers, engineers, builders and artists who use water as their chosen medium.
The resort known as Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas unveils one of the planet’s most extensive and ambitious uses of water in a recreational setting. Encompassing multiple swimming pools, waterslides, fountains and immense marine exhibits, the project was six years in the making and involved an international team of designers and technicians. And as project manager Steve Kaiser reports, they aren’t finished yet: The next phase will include even more elaborate watershapes and amenities