Bostik’s Signature Spaces™ Series of Design Competitions: The Art of Stone Flooring™ Design Contest

Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas Design Contest

This is a unique design opportunity to create a 10’ diameter marble floor medallion/mural for the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. This floor sees over 20,000 visitors per day in one of the most famous hotels in the world. The winning design will be chosen by a panel of judges and celebrated at a special rewards ceremony and industry networking event inside a premier nightclub in the Bellagio. Bostik, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of adhesives for building construction is the sponsor of this competition. Bostik is partnering with MGM Resorts International (the owner of the Bellagio), Creative Edge Master Shop (the waterjet firm producing the winning design) and the NTCA (National Tile Contractors Assoc.)

Contest Guidelines:

This is a Request for Proposals. Artists should submit a design (or multiple designs) for a medallion/mural in a circular space, 10 feet in diameter. The winning design must fit into a 10’ diameter, marble, floor medallion/mural for the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas.” pre-cut, 10’ diameter area which resides amidst a field of marble tile now. The material to be used will be marble. It will be cut using the waterjet process of Creative Edge Master Shop. The design must work within the space of the Bellagio lobby, an old world, classic Italian architecture and design.

Media: Marble will be used and will be waterjet cut. The color pallet will be provided soon after determination by MGM design staff.

Waterjet is incredibly versatile and can be used to cut almost any shape or design you can imagine. This is managed by tracing your design in CAD and converting it to vector line work that the machine can be programmed to follow. Then that program is given to the machine to cut any type of material to the tightest tolerances using 50,000 psi of a water/abrasive mixture.

Things to keep in mind while designing:

  • Define your lines clearly. Every line is a precise cut – sketchy lines may be difficult to interpret.
  • Avoid thin “feathery” design lines. Even though any material can be cut by waterjet – some materials do not hold up to a lot of thin internal cuts.
  • Keep in mind that your design will be “broken up” into roughly 3’ x 3’ sections to keep them manageable while installing. We will add “break up lines” where needed.Feel free to explore your creative side with this technology.
Examples of stone floors for the Art of Stone Flooring™ Design Contest
The Art of Stone Flooring™ Design Contest

If you have any questions about materials, mechanics or design, please call Travis Hunt at Creative Edge Master Shop: 641-233-7171.

How to enter and qualify:

During the contest period, entrants must:

  • Go to the contest to download project renderings and specifications for stone floor entry to be submitted into the Contest.
  • Using supplied project renderings and specifications, design and specify a creative, one-of-a-kind stone mural floor.
  • Go to the Contest page: and click-through page link taking the entrant directly to the sign up and submittal page.
  • Submit design in a PDF along with a valid email address and all of the required contact information. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, but each design must be submitted separately. By entering this Contest, entrants agree that they shall not be entitled to see any entry scores, and all scores and decisions relating to the Contest shall be determined in the sole and complete discretion of the judges and shall be final. All submissions and entries will not be returned and the winning submission will be come the sole and complete property of sponsors.
Contact: Codaworx
Deadline to submit: Feb. 28, 2018 3pm Central Standard time (-6 GMT)

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 Pacific Coast Highway 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. California Coast
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 (Caltran) 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.

Click here to view full newsletter: THE ART OF THE MEMORIAL

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
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