Decorative Concrete Live! 2018 World of Concrete

This was my second year helping Concrete Decor Magazine with the Decorative Concrete Live! exhibit.  Its a very cool exhibit because it’s interactive and constantly evolving through the course of the show.  The concept is a simple one: create a theme, pour concrete floors, install ICF block (supplied by Fox Blocks ) on the floors and- WA-LAH- you now have vertical and horizontal spaces for artists to come and display/teach their craft.  There are literally months of planning and scheduling that need to go into this event.

Last year the theme was a 1600 square foot house plan.  Each room had different artists working on walls, floors and teaching as they go.  Outside display, there were manufacturers providing classes and information to any attendee at the World of Concrete.  That was last year.  This year the theme was the Mall of Concrete- a ginormous 5000 square foot multi building with plaza, sidewalks and drive thru isle.  The entire display shell was built by 5 men in 4 days prior to the shows opening, allowing select artists to start their projects in anticipation of the start of the exhibits.

All in all, the display was a huge success.   Any time an artist picked up a pail of product- or started working on a space, there was a throng of people drinking up any bits of knowledge they could take away and apply to their own work.  It’s nice to see the interest is still there- I’m not sure it has ever died or gone away.  I love being part of this industry and I can’t wait for what this year has in store!

Below we began the journey from Eugene Oregon, Concrete Decor world headquarters.  A 19 hour drive to Las Vegas Nevada:

 

 

 

Below you can see the huge space which became Decorative Concrete Live 2018:

 

 

 

 

Below shows only some of the images of the space and finished projects.  Stay tuned for more to follow!

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a link to Decorative Concrete Live 2017! which I designed and helped build:  Decorative Concrete Live 2017!

Here’s a great video talking about the objectives of Decorative Concrete Live!: Video

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I just love the symmetry of these shoring jacks.   I snapped this picture last summer at a project near Brandon Manitoba.  You just know looking at this there is some serious weight coming down on those jacks!

Nice!

Looking forward to some creative ideas for house numbers at your home?  @modernhousenumbers never seems to fail! Give them a follow on @instagram!

Hits the spot!

You can never understand the fun that goes into setting up a working website. You get to speak/text with cool people from all over the world!  Although this may seem sarcastic, I do want to be clear: you call to solve problems, eventually you find the root of the problem and it all is good. But until that moment happens (here’s the good part)- you get to enjoy some excellent coffee.  That is all.

Awesome patio!

Here’s a simple second floor patio that was waterproofed with Sika 390 and top coated with Sika 510.  Combined with the wood siding and frameless glass railing, it really does create a natural retreat.  Perfect for a good book and glass of wine!

And so it starts….

It’s good to be back.  Right now it’s cold out and there is (some) snow on the ground.  It is the right time to plan, the right time to get ready.  Spring is right around the corner- and I can’t wait!  Let’s talk soon!