At the entry to the Recreation Center is a concept fountain of uplit boulders, stacked sandstone and custom glass tiles that engages visitors as they drive through and arrive at the core of the village. The elevated sandstone raises the water level, which enhances additional water movement at a greater visible distance possible than with just a small basin and low jets.
At the entry to the Recreation Center is a fountain of stacked sandstone for a waterfalls effect, boulders and artist crafted painted tiles. The boulders appear to float at night, an effect created by uplighting them below with 110-volt, 250-watt brass submersible lights. The glass tiles for the development’s five fountains were chosen to give individual character to each one, but also, the landscape architect notes, for their chemical resistance and the ability to fit upon odd concrete forms, such as circular and oval basins.
Enclosed Courtyard Fountain
A fourth fountain is within a courtyard on a 10-inch thick structural concrete slab with a basin exterior of gray glass mosaic tiles. Its soft curve composes a series of custom designed planters, fountain basins and benching. Quickcrete of Norco, Calif. crafted the bowls and planters from the designs of the landscape architects. “No matter what unusual or difficult concept we bring to them, they always seem to make our visions become reality in ways more enticing than we initially envisioned,” said Robert Mowat.
Within an enclosed courtyard sits a custom concrete fountain, bowl and planters fabricated by Quick Crete from the designs of the landscape architects. The fountain is on a 10-inch thick structural concrete slab, with a basin decorated inside and out with gray glass mosaic tiles.
White Bowl Fountain
The fifth fountain is a small circular bowl and basin of lime colored glass mosaic tiles that announces the intersection of a row house landscape corridor. This
small fountain is like a locational beacon along the landscaped pathways of the architecturally similar townhouses. The fountain has helped provide an identity to the corridor that now differs from several others in the townhouse section.
This small circular bowl and basin of lime colored glass mosaic tiles announces the intersection of a landscaped corridor of three story townhouses. The white bowl is kind of a beacon that lets people on the landscaped pathways of the architecturally similar townhouses know where they are.
The five fabulous fountains of Tralee Village add identity and aesthetics to the development. Each one is a unique jewel of individualized, colorful custom tile mosaics.
Robert Mowat Associates, San Francisco and the Napa Valley
Principal in Charge:
Taeko Kawasaki & Melissa Lee
Concrete, Precast (Fountains): Quick Crete Co.
110-Volt Lighting: 250-Watt Brass Submersible Lights,
Cal Pump, Valencia, Ca.
12-Volt Uplighting: 20-Watts, Little Giant Lighting
Pumps and Filters: NFS Pump Co.
Pump Electronics: Intermatic Co.
Tile: Galleria Tile & Daltile