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.
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LABYRINTH SOCIETY

Creative Edge fabricates Labyrinths from any floor covering material from thermal granite pavers to linoleum sheet goods. Interior and Exterior. Ancient and Modern designs.

Labyrinth – Grace Episcopal Church – Exact Replica of Chartres Cathedral, France

  • Client: Grace Episcopal Church
  • Location: St Helena California
  • Material: Granite Pavers
  • Date:  2015

 

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Labyrinth – VCT

In English, the term labyrinth is generally synonymous with maze. As a result of the long history of unicursal representation of the mythological Labyrinth, however, many contemporary scholars and enthusiasts observe a distinction between the two. In this specialized usage maze refers to a complex branching multicursal puzzle with choices of path and direction, While a Unicursal labyrinth has only a single path to the center. A labyrinth in this sense has an unambiguous route to the center and back and presents no navigational challenge.
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Churches, Cathedrals & Temples

Mary Queen of the Universe

Beautifully design medallions to enhance the main aisle and sanctuary of  Mary Queen of the Universe medallions are different, they have a special symbol and or a religious scripture.
Medallions are waterjet fabricated by Creative Edge Master Shop. The materials used are marble and are hand selected by our designers to give each piece a glorious completed look.Material used to complete these medallions are: inca gold, crema marfil, french vanilla, rosa laguna, grigio light, Jerusalem gold, emperador light and emperador dark.

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TEMPLE – BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
The size of mandirs vary from small, simple shrines to elaborate stone edifices. BAPS mandirs are traditionally categorized as either ‘shikharbadhha mandirs’ or ‘hari mandirs’. Shikharbadhha mandirs are built largely of stone and signature architectural pinnacles whereas hari mandirs are built using modern materials such as steel, concrete, cement.
Creative Edge Master shop was commissioned to complete 11 wall murals, the detailing on each piece is very complex, almost life like. A very large flooring mural/medallion as seen in the photos was designed and made out of marble and semi precious stones.
Saint Wenceslaus Church Dickinson North Dakota
The project encompassed ten medallions. Seven represent the Cardinal and eccesiatial virtues of the Catholic Church; Hope, Faith, Love, Charity, Fortitude, Prudence and Humility. Each medallion has a meaning to Msgr . Patrick A. Schumacher, STL and the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. He an the Artist spent time working with each other to make artwork and stone choices. Bronze was also used in the designs to accent the marble choices.
One medallion was for the official emblem of St. Wenceslaus, two medallions incorporate apiece of stone that Msgr. Schumacher brought back from the Vatican himself (white onyx) The piece was carefully sliced in half and polished. The artist designed a medallion to go around the pieces. Those two pieces are inscribed Basilica Vaticana e pavimento. (Meaning: Roman Vatican ground/floor tile). They were accented in bronze and emperador light and rosso laguna.
Testimony:
As a priest who had oversight of two church reconstruction projects within five years, I became fascinated with the work of Creative Edge during the planning of my latest project. The professionals at Creative Edge are extraordinary in what they do and tremendous people, as I built relationships with them. My fascination in their work lead me to personally visit their operations in Fairfield, Iowa. Their facility is amazing and their products everlasting. From initial design work to final installation, I couldn’t be more pleased in the success they brought to my efforts.
Msgr. Schumacher
St. Wenceslaus
SUFISM REORIENTATED
The 66,500 square foot Sanctuary is circular in nature.The center of the Sanctuary features a 25-foot symbolic emblem. Made by Creative Edge Master Shop from marble, brass, bronze and gold infused ceramic tile, the inlaid feature expresses the group’s spiritual ideals and shows symbols for religions worldwide. Made in 50 segments in Creative Edge Master Shop’s facility in Fairfield Iowa, the marble/metal work was transported to Walnut Creek and then installed by Cleveland Marble.
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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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