A new approach to maintaining water features and reducing biological growth

Robert Krueger

Abstract

This study focused on Fountain, by Isamu Noguchi in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The difficulty in finding an acceptable way to control algae without endangering the artwork was the impetus for this investigation. The result lead to an alternative to the standard algae control products by focusing on the water chemistry and making simple improvements to the fountain’s mechanical system. This paper follows the changes made to the fountain and some of the rationale behind the approaches taken.

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