Stone Interpretive Displays Along the Pacific Coast Highway A Durable, Permanent Solution

You’re driving down the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), which hugs the dramatic California coastline near the Oregon border, to the sun-drenched beaches of San Diego.
And, as happens on any road trip with world-class views beckoning, you eventually stop at an overlook, in this case the Julia Pfeiffer Burns Vista Point in Monterey County near Big Sur. This is where your already awesome trip suddenly gets better. As you look up to gaze at a giant bird gliding far above, you look down and see a life-size, biologically correct stone mosaic of the iconic California condor at your feet. Suddenly you know you’ve just glimpsed the condor in its natural habitat.
A few steps away, you look down and see another life-size replica of a 50-foot gray whale with her baby, also rendered in subtle shades of natural granite, inlaid into the pavement. And if you’re lucky, as you turn to the sea you’ll spot one of hundreds of gray whales that swim along the shore in this area every year.
It doesn’t end there. As you keep driving down the PCH between Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, you will be treated to seven different vista points, each with multiple interpretive displays to inform and inspire you about the wildlife, natural landmarks, and history of the local area.
You never knew an overlook could be so inspiring.
How these beautiful interpretive displays of art and nature came about is a story of extraordinary vision and teamwork that involved the California DOT (Caltrans) landscape architects, field biologists, and a small but internationally renowned waterjet company based in Iowa, called Creative Edge.
Creative Edge Master Shop became involved when California DOT (Caltrans) contracted them to create the design, artwork, and installation for the interpretive stone mosaics of four different native animals-a California condor, a gray whale, a sea otter and a California brown bear-in three different vista points along and near the Pacific Coast Highway.
Eaton Center

Creative Edge Master Shop Joins CODAworx

It takes an industry to create a commissioned artwork. Not just artists, designers, and architects, but also art consultants, fabricators, foundries, lighting designers, engineers, contractors, landscape architects – all artists and highly-skilled craftsmen in their own right.

CODAworx passion lies in bringing this community together in one place, connecting them with the resources needed to create amazing projects, and showcasing those projects to the world. And hopefully, in the process, inspiring more amazing projects. At CODAworx, they have devoted resources to making the world a more beautiful place through the power of design and art.

Creative Edge Master Shop                                                                                                                             CODAworx

Creative Edge Master Shop is thrilled to announce our affiliation with CODAworx as an important industry resource for public art.  If you’re a project sponsor, submit your RFP’s and you will be noticed by the best public artists!  If you’re an artist or industry resource, please list yourself and your portfolio on CODAworx. 

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The Art of the Memorial

The Art of the Memorial

Our Innovative Approach To Design
Marco Island Service Medallions, Marco Island, FL Rendered in multicolored granite using several architectural metals.
Marco Island Service Medallions, Marco Island, FL
Rendered in multicolored granite using several architectural metals.

It has been our honor and privilege to design and fabricate military memorials that have been installed around the United States of America. These memorials are sacred, and honor veterans who serve, and have served from all branches of the US Armed Forces. 

Creative Edge Master Shop uses our innovative approach to bring the ‘Art of the Memorial’. into new dimensions. Utilizing new materials and combinations, we combine metals, and notable colored stones.

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Citizen Soldier, Cedar Rapids IA Designed by artist Chris Bennett. Cast bronze on a background using waterjet and cut metals.
Citizen Soldier, Cedar Rapids IA
Designed by artist Chris Bennett.
Cast bronze on a background using waterjet and cut metals.
Ukraine Palace Floor

Join Us At Coverings 2016

Coverings, the world’s Number One tile & stone experience, will kick off its

annual trade show in Chicago, IL  on Monday, April 18th and run through Thursday, April 21st. The event will be held at McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America.

On exhibit at the expo, Creative Edge Master Shop will showcase Frank Lloyd Wright mosaic designs from their new license in mosaic flooring with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.The agreement combines Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs with Creative Edge’s application of waterjet technology.  Click Here to read more: Join Us At Coverings 2016!
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Creative Edge Master Shop Announces Licensing Agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Creative Edge Master Shop, the largest and most experienced fabricator of architectural materials using waterjet technology, has announced a new licensing agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The agreement authorizes Creative Edge to interpret distinctive designs from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s extensive archives in stone, terrazzo and metal materials for residential and commercial hard surface flooring

Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Designs-1600_0000_Ragtime Optics
Springs Lyre
Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Designs-1600_0004_March Balloons
Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Designs-1600_0001_Geneva Tulip
Hollywood Fleurette
Utah State Capitol

Front And Center

State-of-the-art waterjet process gives the Utah State Seal a one-of-a-kind look!

From Commercial Construction and Renovation Magazine, click here to read more: Front And Center

photo credit: Al Hartmann, Salt Lake Tribune
photo credit: Al Hartmann, Salt Lake Tribune


The Sunny Day

We Work With Artists

Creative Edge Master Shop works with artists! We would like to share a luminous piece titled
The Sunny Day from artist Sue Berkey, capturing the art of water-jet through Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT).
© 2016 Sue Berkey
© 2016 Sue Berkey

Long thought of as a sensible form of floor covering, adorning elementary schools, Walmart’s, and recreation centers, VCT comes in many colors, textures, and patterns. A little known fact is that VCT is a green product. The composition is less than 10% vinyl, while 90% is made from locally sourced crushed limestone.

Creative Edge Master Shop has long considered VCT’s potential as an artistic medium, particularly when water-jet can be used to shape and detail.

CLICK HERE to read about “The Sunny Day” from artist Sue Berkey.

© 2016 Sue Berkey