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In the world of landscape, formal gardens show one’s desire for symmetrical beauty; really a marrying of architecture and nature. In a very real sense, formal gardens are an abstract representation of the natural world; in the same sense a fine artist works. Water, too, then becomes abstracted in the shape of the vessel created herein; a circle. The circle, although not natural, has its own beauty of the geometry. Of all the man-made materials, cementitious matrixes hold a special place with outdoor designers. Concrete, plasters, clay bricks, and other similar masonry matrixes are a bridge between nature and man’s architectural world. After all, they all contain mostly natural material whose use dates back thousands of years. In this way, concrete carries a place of honor to the designer. Therefore the circular fountain basin, created through shotcrete, is not only correct for the way it presents the water, but for what it’s made from is used to fill voids and crevices, while not obscuring the natural rock that is meant to be seen. Here’s where the high velocity of the James Scott is a third-genera- shotcreting process assists in developing tion Watershape Designer and watertightness. The shotcrete process also Builder who has worked in the accepts admixtures that work towards this goal swimming pool and landscape such as crystalline waterproofers. industries for 39 years. He • The gunning process of shotcrete enables a received his BS in business and rougher, gunned finish, which is helpful in accounting from Southern landscaped environments. This roughness can Methodist University, Dallas, appear natural as it weathers, has the ability to TX. Through Group Works LLC, Scott has naturally collect silts, earth, and allow spots aligned himself with Genesis 3 and other orga- for moss to catch hold and grow. What we think nizations that focus on continuing education and of as a negative to some architectural environ- increasing higher standards in the watershape ments, becomes a plus when it comes to nature! industry. He is a Platinum Member of Genesis 3 So, when you think of the shotcrete process and a certified member of the Society of Water- next time, perhaps you’ll remember the artistry shape Designers. Scott is also an APSP-Certified that it has allowed. And maybe, just maybe, the Professional Builder and an ASA member and next time you’re admiring a natural environment, has trained with the Portland Cement Associa- what you see as a beautiful piece of nature had a tion. Scott and Group Works LLC have been team of skilled shotcreters in first. featured in regional and national publications. 20 Shotcrete • Summer 2015


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