From the Sketchbook(12)

It’s a Oldie!

Early plaza layout renderings
Early plaza layout renderings

About the second after I finished this page of sketches I received a phone call telling me the project went kaput. So that was that.

I think I was on to something here, but, alas . . . . .

Another rendering from this went nowhere.

Below is a rendering for a rather largestream and a series of waterfalls. The contractor I was doing this for had a track record of dragging his feet on starting projects on time.

In this case he didn’t even get these drawings and his proposal to the client before the homeowner accepted another for about half the price.

The finished project, I snuck in the backyard . . . was downright awful, I mean really bad. So bad, I almost drove home to get the camera, and sneak back in. wow it was bad . . . stream looked like a county drainage ditch full of rip-rap bad!

I think this is around 2002.
I think this is around 2002.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. Don’t you just hate it when that happens.

    We designed a pergola for a winery in Templeton CA that was in line with the traditional image they had been developing for years. They hired a local lawn maintenance contractor to do the work, trying to emulate our design. (No disrespect to the local lawn maintenance contractor, they were in up their gills.)

    The result looked like crap! It’s unfortunate, but they got what they paid for.

    It may be that one of our primary objectives is to help the client understand what they are asking for. Sometimes a challenge. But I’m up to it. Seems that you are also.

    I appreciate your continued pursuit of value and excellence.

    I look forward to the images that your pens have hidden within them.

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