Getting Ready to Rock, Part 2

  • Best practices: This waterfeature exhibits natural-appearing surfaces and flow. Water moves between stones and through apparently eroded pathways.

    May 15, 2014

    Special Features

    Grottos, waterfeatures, seating and planter pockets require special attention to be functional and appear naturalRead More

  • Best practices: The desired effect is to differentiate individual specimens. Notice how the waterline rocks are distinct and dont sit flush with one another.

    May 15, 2014


    When installing artificial rock, professionals must ensure that every rock formation is realistic, compelling and intuitiveRead More

  • Best practices: The rockwork here features grain cracks that essentially run parallel and are not overly uniform.

    May 15, 2014


    When expertly administered, cracks add a powerful sense of motion and degradation to artificial rock formationsRead More

  • Best practices: This rockwork, by diGiacomo Inc., shows excellent shading, with mineral staining and wear depicted. The shading was applied vertically because rainwater would fall down the formation, carrying minerals and dirt with it.

    May 14, 2014


    A successful project uses realistic staining, shadow and highlights to convey a powerful sense of agingRead More


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