The Rhythmic Power of Water

John Wilkes By (author)
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8.0 X 9.3 in
224 pg

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Fluids


What is the true nature of water, and does it have memory? 
By working with the rhythm and flow of water, can we increase its life-giving power? 

Water is not only fundamental to life but is ALSO essential for the cycles and changes in nature. John Wilkes states that water is the universal bearer of whatever character we put into it. Consequently, the way we treat water is of crucial importance to our health, and to the wellbeing of our planet. 

Working with his remarkable invention, the Flowform, Wilkes has uncovered hidden secrets of the world of water, and at the same time created an artform of great beauty. His lifetime of applied research into rhythms and water, fully revealed in this book for the first time, has startling implications for such topical issues as farming and irrigation; food production and processing; water treatment and recycling; and health and cosmetic products. 

This ground-breaking book is lavishly illustrated to show both the beauty of the Flowform and the wide range of its applications.

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C O N T E N T S:

Part 1: Rhythm and polarity

1. Water and rhythm 
2. Rhythm and flow: the water cycle 
3. Metamorphosis 

Part 2: Discovering the Flowform 

4. Experimenting with water 
5. Discovery of the Flowform Method 
6. The Flowform and the Living World 

Part 3: Applications and Research 

7. Järna: the first major Flowform project 
8. The next generation of Flowforms 
9. The Metamorphic Sequence 
10. Research with Cascades 
11. Flowform related developments 
12. The Flowform throughout the World 
13. Present and Future 


1: Metamorphosis 
2: Flowform types, designs and applications 
3: Scientific and technical aspects 
4: Virbela Rhythm Research Institute


“With extraordinary depth of vision, Wilkes shares more than thirty years of accumulated ideas, experiments, experiences and creative, innovative designs with water. Benefits from many photographs and illustrations.” Maggie Lee, Resurgence, May 2004

“John Wilkes patented his first flowform water sculpture over thirty years ago. This is the story of his studies into the nature and behavior of water and the pioneering development of the special water sculptures. Detailed accounts of research are richly illustrated, including many beautiful images of the swirling patterns. The book is full of both scientific observations and a celebration of the beauty and wonder of water, and the beauty and wonder of the sculptures it has inspired John Wilkes and his team to create.” Kathleen Askew, Permaculture, March 2004

“One of the aims of the book is to raise our consciousness about water and get us to reassess our attitude to it and in this it most definitely succeeds. With the aid of copious photographs, drawings, and diagrams, our attention is drawn to how much life there is in water. I found this an extremely interesting, informative and attractive book.” Rosemary Usselman, New View,Dec. 2003

“Contains many beautiful illustrations of water in motion, from rivers and waterfalls to the art of designing water features for a garden.” Pentacle, spring 2004

Author Bio

John Wilkes studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art. While in London he met George Adams, a mathematician and scientist, and Theodor Schwenk, a pioneer in water research and author of Sensitive Chaos. Wilkes joined the Institute for Flow Sciences in Herrischried, Germany, where he began investigations into the flow and rhythm of water, which would eventually result in the development of flowforms. During this period, he also worked at the Goetheanum in Switzerland, where he researched and restored Rudolf Steiner's sculptural and architectural models. In 1971, he joined Emerson College in Forest Row, UK, and became Director of the Virbela Rhythm Research Institute. John Wilkes died in 2011.