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Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2006 6:21 am | Updated: 3:31 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of a gently splashing waterfall, and that might explain why these natural wonders are high on the list of sightseers. It only makes sense then that having this soothing sound in your home is an appealing decor option.

Whether your budget is more lined up with a babbling brook or you can go for an all-out Niagara Falls, there’s a way to get that water soundtrack on your wall, tabletop or the center of your favorite room.

For 49-year-old Richard Lozon of Scottsdale, the sound of water falling brought back memories of growing up in Michigan on the St. Clair River. He had a water feature designed by Slater Sculpture of Tempe installed in a hallway between his family room and dining area where he says it adds the most to his home’s decor.

"It stands out, but it’s not overwhelming," he says. "It’s a nice visual focus every day, and it provides a calming and pleasant sound." Re-creating naturalistic art is what Gary Slater, owner of Slater Sculptures, strives for.

"Water is the substance of life, so you can’t deny its positive effects," says Slater, who says his artwork has medical benefits as well as stylish ones. "Supposedly, people heal faster around water sounds."

While Slater admits that his sculptures are larger than most — "a small one for me is 6 feet tall" — there are other water fountain options small enough to grace a desk or countertop that still provide the same relaxing tone, albeit a bit softer.

Linens N’ Things and Target carry tabletop fountains for under $20 that promise to de-stress and soothe. Upkeep is a simple rinse and refill once a week to avoid protein buildups, while Slater’s larger sculptures are available with home visits where he’ll make sure everything is continuing to flow smoothly.

"They can be installed all over (the house)," promises the artist, who even cut a hole in the middle of the floor for a customer who requested an 8-foot-tall fountain in her home.

Regardless of size, it’s important to keep in mind that water features should be calming, not roaring.

"I control the water to where it’s not splashing or messy," says Slater, "but you still have the dramatic effect of water shooting down."


Slater Sculpture Ltd.

203 S. Smith Road, Suite 102 Tempe (480) 921-1909

Exotic Home

15507 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale (480) 443-8100

1-2-3 Indoor Water Fountains

(888) 302-8484

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