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How to Fuse Natural and Manmade Art Into Your Living Spaces

Posted by on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Cave Pool

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I’ve always hated the term “unnatural.” What is unnatural anyway? Is a house unnatural? Is a plane unnatural? Just because humans make it, that shouldn’t mean that it’s unnatural. A house is no more unnatural than a beehive or a clam shell. All three of these homes were made by animals, so why do houses get special treatment with people calling them “unnatural?” Continue reading…

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Find Inspiration From These Stunning Backyard Aquascapes

Posted by on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Outside Aquascape

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The greatest thing about aquatic architecture is its versatility. You can add water to literally any living space, in any home on planet Earth. Today we’re going to highlight the beauty and incredible versatility of aquatic art by demonstrating how just a little bit of H2O can completely transform a backyard. Continue reading…

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Aquatic Architecture Without the Water: A Water Tower Home

Posted by on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Water Tower House

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What is a necessary component in every piece of aquatic architecture? Continue reading…

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Could You Live in this Wind Turbine Home?

Posted by on Friday, July 26th, 2013

Morphocode Wind Turbine

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Some people love sleeping with a fan blowing. The white noise drowns out a lot of the other sound from the environment, and the constant wind will help keep the room nice and cool so that you can snuggle up under layers of comfy covers. If you’re a fan-lover, then how would you feel about living your life atop a giant wind turbine out in the middle of the ocean? Continue reading…

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Just How Big is the Ocean, Anyway?

Posted by on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Size of the Ocean

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I’m going to take a slight departure from our normal content today to talk about something very near and dear to my heart: water. Most people know that water occupies most of the surface of the Earth, but just how much water is their flowing through the deep blue sea, anyway? Continue reading…

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Give Your Business a Marketing Boost with Temporary Aquariums

Posted by on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Octopus Stencil

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Aquariums are kind of like flatscreen TVs. They’re a pain to set up, but once you’ve got them up and running they’ll give you hours of entertainment. The difficult set up of aquariums make them a permanent fixture in many homes. In fact, many homeowners choose to install aquariums within the actual architecture of houses. Continue reading…

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Aquascapes Frozen in Time: Amazing 3D Acrylic Art Pieces

Posted by on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Goldfish 3D Acrylic Art

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I adore art, but it can be really difficult to find a piece of art that captures the beauty of an aquascape. You can certainly find works of art that complement aquascapes, but actually capturing the organic elegance of a living aquascape is a whole different story. An aquascape moves, it grows, it sways in the current with serene grace, and it glitters beneath the light like a living gemstone. You just can’t get that kind of effect in an art piece… well, unless you throw glitter at it. That would make your art piece shine, but it would probably ruin the overall aesthetic. Alas, if only there was an art style that perfectly replicated the beauty of an aquascape. Continue reading…

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How to Bring Nature Indoors with a Stunning Custom Waterwall

Posted by on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Lobby Waterfall by Okeanos Aquascaping

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I’m heading off to Niagara Falls tomorrow! The three waterfalls that compose Niagara Falls may not be the tallest waterfalls on Earth, but they’re definitely the wettest. Niagara trumps every other waterfall by far when it comes to water flow and volume, boasting a flow rate close to 70,000 cubic feet per second. You’ll find people gathered around Niagara Falls every day of the year because, to put it fsimply, people adore waterfalls. It’s really hard to capture mankind’s adoration for waterfalls and translate it into words. Waterfalls create beautiful movement, calming sounds, and they give us feelings of health and vitality. We try to replicate these features as best we can in fountains and manmade waterfalls, but unfortunately it’s not very practical to install a 100-foot waterfall in your living room. Continue reading…

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How Your Aquascape Can Go from Aquarium to Art Piece

Posted by on Friday, January 4th, 2013

Aqueous Art Movement

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What is art? It’s a question with many answers. For some it’s an issue of meaning and context; for others it simply boils down to the question of, “Is the art piece pretty?” I often refer to aquascapes as “aquatic art,” and for good reason. Not only are they visually breathtaking, but they can also convey a wide range of meaning — from chaotic nature scenes to carefully manicured tableaus. It’s amazing how quickly an aquascape can make the transformation from aquarium to art piece. Really, all you need to do is to place it in a modern art gallery and suddenly your aquatic garden will feel like a work of art. Continue reading…

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Using Technology to Bring Your Aquascape into the 21st Century

Posted by on Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Galaxy Note 2 Liquid Pixels

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Usually, aquascapers get their inspiration from the natural world. They look at the gentle slope of a mountain or a peaceful group of trees and think, “How can I translate that into an underwater scene?” Every once in a while, though, aquascapers can get inspiration from corporate advertising. Yeah, I know that a 60 second TV clip that’s intended to sell you something isn’t quite as romantic as the wild, untamed recesses of nature, but engineers and commercial marketers can come up with beautiful ideas, too. Clever engineering concepts can transform a simple aquascape into a modern masterpiece. Continue reading…