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Hearth & Home March 2017

Photo courtesy: ©2017 Water Studio.

Parting Shot: Towering Infernos

Two columns of fire rise 18 ft. high in a courtyard at City of Industry, California. “They burn inside two curved Water Veils with water falling down the translucent stainless steel,” according to Bradford Riedell, Marketing manager for Water Studio, the company that designed and built this captivating sculpture.

According to Riedell, “The interlocking veils rise from a round reflecting pool that continuously overflows over textured basalt, creating a circular wall of white water. A cloud of fog surrounds the veils, emphasizing the primal elements of the feature. A series of white LED lights illuminate the water effects, and playful laminar jets interact with viewers walking near the lower pool.”

Water Studio, 5681 Selmaraine Drive, Culver City, California 90230. Email:
Phone: (310) 313-5553 or visit

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