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A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete treeBeing next door to the Artistry in Concrete competition at the World of Concrete 2015, Steven Ochs knew he had to bring his A game to the Smith Paint Products booth. Ochs, a decorative concrete artisan and chairman of the department of art and design for Southern Arkansas University, presented several designs to the Brunners, owners of the family-run business.

African Cemetery Memorial Looks to Decorative Concrete to Honor Burial Site

Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.

The Comedy Carpet in England Uses Concrete To Pay Homage to Humor

Graphic artist who created The Comedy Carpet poses with his final piece.I would bet that when you think about concrete, humor is not the first word that comes to mind. Then again, you aren’t Gordon Young.

New Sculpture Adds Stealth to Art Center in Atlanta

red truck with construction The new 33-foot-high sculpture in Atlanta, Georgia's Midtown Arts Center looks like a metal monolith with sharp edges and stunning curves, but it's not.

Decorative Concrete Surrounds the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, IUPUI

The hardscape around the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at 535 Barnhill Drive is a beautiful addition to the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.The hardscape around the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at 535 Barnhill Drive is a beautiful addition to the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

Rock Tapestries in Mexico Feature Precast Concrete Pebbles

Rocks laid out in a pattern that has geometric design.These beautiful mosaics were made with precast concrete pebbles as well as beach rocks. They’re the work of Jay Manning and Concreations Inc., Bigfoot, Mont.

Buddy Rhodes Uses Creative Concrete to Inspire Courage

Good Morning Sunshine by Aviya, age 13 a patient who is participating in Art for LifeThinking about cancer or another serious illness can leave people with a feeling of helplessness. There's just not much that the average person can do about serious illnesses. We're not researchers and we don't have tons of money to donate. So what else can we do? Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products has found a way to help by teaming up with an organization called Arts for Life.

Indoor Waterfalls Add Unique Look to Any Space

Putting the finishing touches on this outdoor concrete waterfall.Weeping walls are a water feature in which the water trickles down the side of a wall, a piece of glass or a similar surface. They can be built inside or outside, but they are becoming more popular in residential homes.

Using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete WorkThere is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Engraved Zodiac a Perfect Fit for Asian Restaurant in British Columbia

Engraved Zodiac calendar on a concrete floor that is stained and colored to depict the different signs.For those of us who remember how trendy the whole zodiac thing was in the 1970s, it’s fun to see it pop up now and again. Here’s an example, a stained and engraved zodiac pattern on concrete in a Chinese-style restaurant called Temptasian in Vernon, British Columbia.

Recipe: Breathing Light Into Your Work with Color

Vibrant colors applied to a concrete slab.When you have a dark grey slab, you have to take into consideration how that will affect color and its intensity. Most of the colorants on the market differ as much in transparency as concrete differs in color and porosity.

Step-By-Step Lesson to Drawing a Compass Rose

Ever since I began writing Design Theory, I've anxiously awaited medallions. Ever since I began writing Design Theory, I’ve anxiously awaited medallions. The first one I ever did was exciting and a definite “aha” moment because it changed the direction of my career. At the time, I had just started out working for the company I now own. Back then, all we engraved were 2-foot tile and brick patterns.

One of a Kind Concrete Chandeliers & Faux-Bois Furniture

Michael Fogg concrete faux-bois furnitureConnecticut-based faux-bois artisan Michael Fogg spent eight years as a journeyman cabinetmaker and architectural woodworker. He then managed his own cabinetmaking business for six years before feeling stifled.

The Playful Vibe of Crafted Tide Concrete Pool Stones

Concrete tide pool stonesDecorative concrete wizard Tom Ralston is a familiar name to Concrete Decor readers for his elaborate, multifaceted homes and backyards. But there’s another side to Ralston’s work: the wildly creative stuff that’s almost pure fun.

20-foot Carved Concrete Fireplace Stands Out in Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

Colors Come in Warm and Cool Hues

Black is not just black. When used full strength, it's a warm black. When diluted, it becomes a cooler brown. Think about that for a second.Talking to a client about color choices can be difficult. Many times, clients say they want brown, which is about the vaguest statement a client can make. In the last article, we focused on asking if they wanted it to be light or dark. This time we want to know if they want a warm or a cool brown. Warm and cool attributes are very much like lights and darks.

The Time Has Come for This Colorful Concrete Aztec Calendar

That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. Coyne Edmison, general manager of The Stamp Store, a retailer affiliated with SS, sent us the rest of the story.

Holocaust Memorial a Must-see in Berlin

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was built to commemorate the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide during World War II.Situated near Brandenburg Gate on a stretch of land once referred to as the “death strip” where the formidable Berlin Wall once loomed, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was built to commemorate the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide during World War II.

Backyard Patio Sports Acid Stained Vines

Beautify your backyard concrete patio with versatile concrete acid stains.A concrete contractor working with acid stain enjoys the challenge of layering colors when there is only one shot at the job and a limited color palette. Learn how to achieve more color variations than clients expect.

Auctioning Concrete Furniture to Support Sick Children Through Art

Concrete bench for auctionWe wrote about the plans by Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products to support an organization called Arts for Life with an auction. The intent was to support an organization that provides an artistic, creative outlet to children and their families who are coping with life-threatening illnesses.

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