Aquatic Edge, based in Greensburg PA (near Pittsburgh) has been given one of the highest honors in the pond and water feature building industry by being named the 2020 Artist of the Year. The yearly award is given to one Pond-Building Contractor who embodies the heart and soul of artistic pond building as determined by Aquascape Inc, and previous recipients of the award.
Aquascape first began acknowledging their choice of Artist of the Year in 2011. In recent years, they have adopted a voting format which allows all past recipients to have a say in who receives the next award. 2020 marks the tenth year for this coveted award, which has been given to Aquatic Edge whom are coincidentally in their tenth year of business in the Pittsburgh area.
"I cannot fully describe to you how honored, excited, and humbled I feel in being named Artist of the Year", says owner of Aquatic Edge Tim Wood.
"To be recognized by Aquascape and other Pond Builders in this industry whom I have looked up to for the last ten years, and continue to look up to for artistic inspiration, means the world to me. I had a dream many years ago that this day may someday happen. I wasn't sure when, if ever, we would be given this honor. It's like this ultimate goal that you always have to look forward to, and now that it is here I just can't believe it! I am beyond proud of my team for this accomplishment."
An integral part of the team is project manager Tim Anderson, who brought his talents to Aquatic Edge six years ago. According to Wood, "We wouldn't have achieved this so quickly without Tim Anderson. His artful eye of the water and rock relationship is second to none. When we met at a random Christmas party in 2014, I felt a connection on a subconscious level. Like we really had a similar kind of appreciation for nature, and the beauty and natural art of the natural world....but I could sense that he was more "in tune" with it than I was. That's where our friendship and later professional relationship all began."
Tim Anderson has been a natural artist for many years, even before joining Aquatic Edge. Anderson is known nationally, and even internationally, as the stone balancing artist behind "Keystone Balance". He has a unique ability to create intricate sculptures using only the stones he finds alongside a natural creek, balancing one atop another and another until a seemingly impossible tower of stones (as many as ten or more) stands tall amongst the rushing water.
Now that Wood and Anderson have been named Aquascape's Artists of the Year, a goal that they both have shared, what is the next step?
Wood says "You can always get better. There's no quit in us. I'm looking forward to the opportunities that this recognition will give us to continue learning from those I look up to, and also helping others in our industry to hone their skills at building naturalistic water features."
Aquatic Edge's work can be viewed on their website at www.AquaticEdgeConsulting.com, and on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. You can see their work in person each year around the first week of March at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show.
Aquascape Inc. is a leading manufacturer of pond and water feature supplies including filtration equipment, pumps and underwater lighting. They actively promote "Living the Aquascape Lifestyle" and offer a program for companies to become Certified Aquascape Contractors, or CAC's. www.Aquascapeinc.com
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