Magazine article Sunset

Trickle Fountain

Magazine article Sunset

Trickle Fountain

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Water drips down plant-topped columns into a dreamy pond

By Jim McCausland

A fountain doesn't have to be a splashy affair. In fact, artists George Little and David Lewis (206/842-8327 or www. littleandlewis.com) have perfected a trickle fountain that flows just a drop at a time. One of their creations is pictured at right in a garden on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

The pond is made from poured steel-reinforced concrete. Three square pedestals are set in the bottom of the pond to support the hollow concrete columns-formed in sections and assembled on site-that rise above them. The capitals are filled with soil, planted (each with a different plant), and irrigated with pond water channeled through 1/2-inch copper tubes hidden in the column centers. (It's the ultimate drip-irrigation system.) A low-- volume pump supplies enough water to soak the soil and trickle over the sides, where it drips from the tops of the capitals and back into the pond. …

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