Flowforms are an interesting new way to look at flowing water.
John Wilkes author of Flowforms: The Rhythmic Power of Water patented his first Flowform water sculpture over 30 years ago, his book is a cherished “read” and coffee table book for those of us who love and are inspired by water. To celebrate flowforms you must recognize natural artist, John Wilkes.
These small to large cascading, vortex fountains softly bubble water into leaf like portions that blend graciously with the flowered life of a water garden. The flowing water swirls in each bowl, then moves down to the next. The swirling activity oxygenates and refreshes water naturally. Beneficial nitrate eating bacteria make an invisible film on the surface of the concrete to freshen stagnant water as it passes by. Even if a vortex is made of PVC plastic helpful bacteria will also make their home on it’s surface. Flow form vortexes are being uses in poor communities to filter water when nearby streams and rivers have become polluted.
The sculpted image of an over sized flower, that is only slightly over sized in order to attract momentary attention from the human observer or drinking animal, is understated in tall or surrounding foliage; and by the water that accents it by rippling above it alcoves, and into the liquid whole. A whole that the pieces then are accents of.
The flowforms can come in several earth tones that run from a brick red, to sand pot browns and can be purchased online. How about making your own by sculpting in concrete and pigment to color?
John Wilkes describes his sevenfold flowform cascade – Youtube.com
Flowforms add a whole new feel to cascade of water flow.
Most flowforms are cast from granite, and some are designed to push water off in figure eights after the flow leaves the form and is blending its pressure with the rest of the immediate water garden.
The Flow Form models focus on the natural, water already has current in living water bodies. Flowforms lift these ideas to the surface so that they can be naturally enjoyed both above and below the dimensions of the surface tension. You can sometimes observe forms of water on the beach, as the tide rolls in and pulls sand back out in the shape of a heart. Flowforms reside in nature and inspired, creative water feature art.