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In December 2004, WaterShapes introduced ‘The Platinum Standard,’ a registry of projects that embodies watershaping at its finest.  Now, as part of our celebration of the magazine’s 100th Issue, Eric Herman offers ‘The Platinum Standard II,’ a fresh set of 20 projects that have graced the pages of the magazine in the past three-and-a-half years – projects that demonstrate clearly that watershaping has become an art form in its own right.

b_400_400_16777215_00_images_archart_200806Platinum_200806ArcherWills_AAW_art.jpgAnthony Archer Wills
Copake Falls, N.Y.

Master watergardener Anthony Archer Wills is justly famed for creating works of stunning natural beauty and amazing visual truth.  This pond – a classic example of his fondness for using brimming water to create dramatic reflections where plants and water come together – is completed visually by the rustic dock and small wooden boat that adorn the shoreline.  And this is but one among scores of projects he’s created that stand among the most beautiful of all man-made bodies of water.

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