Category New Waterscapes

Tanner Springs Park, Portland

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Tanner Springs Park, Portland

Tanner Springs Park, Portland

 

With surgical artistry, the urban skin of one downtown block, 80 x 80 metres (200 by 200 feet) is peeled back. Time is reversed and the story of land develop­ment wound back to predevelopment days. The park is like a view port to the past. The long forgotten wetland habi­tat is restored to the full glory of its plants and animals. Little springs bubble up at the top of a large open grassy meadow, trickling down to a wetland pond, sunken 1.8 metres below street level. A floating pontoon crosses the water, literally swimming across its invi­sible and varying depths...

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Water in landscape

Water in landscape

Water is not just a vital element in our lives, it can also be experienced in a whole variety of ways. It creates different kinds of atmosphere and moods that appeal to our feelings.

Water is a universal landscape element. It is the vital ele­ment which can bring life to any landscape; immediate life, constant life. Water’s wonderful contribution to this world has been to shape the hard landscape through its immense forces of erosion and to create the soft landscape through its gentle nurture of vegetation.

In itself it is the fundamental soft element. It is a sculptural medium unsurpassed in its potential to make the most of its form, transparency, reflectivity, refractivity, colour, movement and sound. It is a most desirable medium for a landscape desi­gner...

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New Waterscapes

‘Take thought, when you are speaking of water, that you first recount your experiences, and only afterwards your reflections.’

New Waterscapes

This piece of advice comes from no less a source than Leonardo da Vinci. But which of us could say that we have experienced water sensually in all its dimensions, to say nothing of understanding it intellectually?

Experience is the starting-point for this book. Experiencing water in nature, and surprises derived from conducting experi­ments in a water studio, finally led to the water features pla­ced between people and their surroundings that are shown here. Because they make a contribution to townscapes or land­scapes we have called them ‘waterscapes’...

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