The Art of the Military Memorial

Waterjet Technology Enables Dramatic New Memorial Design in Granite, Brass, Stainless and Marble

It has been our honor and privilege to design and waterjet 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 enhance the artistry of military memorials. Utilizing new materials and combinations, we integrate brass, bronze, and stainless with granite, marble and other stones.

Arial view of Patriot Plaza in Sarasota Cemetery
Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota FL. Sarasota National Cemetery is one of the many national cemeteries maintained by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Creative Edge fabricated a 50 foot world map from granite for the Patriot Plaza.

 

Detail view of the world map at Patriot Plaza
Sarasota National Cemetery, Detail view of the world map at Patriot Plaza. The map coastline was fabricated by waterjet from dark granite to contrast with the beige granite of the sea and the land.

 

Citizen Soldier, located in the Iowa National Guard Armory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Citizen Soldier, located in the Iowa National Guard Armory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sculptural figures are cast bronze and background is waterjet-fabricated aluminum, stainless and brass.

 

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

 

Cherokee Warrior Memorial
Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah OK The Capitol of the Nation . The Cherokee Warrior Memorial honors Cherokee veterans.
Close up of Cherokee war feathers made of five colors of granite
Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah OK. Cherokee war feathers are fabricated from five colors of granite.

 

US Air Force emblem
Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio TX . A 60 foot plaza fabricated from granite celebrates the founding of the United States Air Force in 1947.

 

Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio TX Installed in ‘Memorial Plaza’ to commemorate the 1947 origin of the US Air Force. Rendered in multicolored granite, brass, and exotic blue sodalite. WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps admires this tribute while it is at the Creative Edge shop in Iowa, before installation in Texas.

 

The All Veterans Memorial in Fairfield Iowa.
The All Veterans Memorial in our hometown, Fairfield Iowa. The three eagles represent veterans of the past, present, and future. The four foot plaque is made of granite inlaid with stainless steel.
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Canyon of Heroes in New York City, thermal granite pavers marking Ticker Tape Parades.

A ticker tape parade down Broadway Avenue in New York City is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed on a hero. Dale Travis & Associates have managed the project for at least 15 years for the Alliance of Downtown New York.  Creative Edge Master Shop manufactured durable granite strips to memorialize each Manhattan ticker tape parade. Installed along the ticker tape parade route in the financial district, this area is called the Canyon of Heroes. The artwork sustains the memory of these historical celebrations.

Granite Paver for Anders & Capt. James A. Lovell ticker tape Parade

 

The many parades since 1886 have honored returning armies, foreign heads of state, kings and queens, religious leaders, explorers, astronauts, artists and the New York Yankees just name a few. Together these parades and their stories represent a chronicle of our era.

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New York City 150th anniversary

All along this four-mile route known as the Canyon of Heroes, embedded in the sidewalks, are 3 inch thick granite plaques inlaid with stainless steel letters. They show the name of the honoree, date and purpose of parade. Some examples of these 200+ inlays include:

The first ticker tape parade was held in 1886 following the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.
October 1, 1953 | Jose Antonio Remon, President of Panama
March 1, 1955 | New York Chapter of the American Red Cross to Kick -Off Their 1955 Fund-Raising Campaign
June 10, 1991 | Persian Gulf War Veterans
February 7, 2012 | New York Giants, SuperBowl XLVI Champions
A sampling of ticker tape parade honorees includes:
Buzz Aldrin returning from the dark side of the moon 1970
Fifth Army of the United States returning from Germany, 1945
Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight
Gertrude Ederle swimming the English Channel

For a complete list of the Ticker Tape Parades please visit this website: Ticker Tape Parades, New York City

 

Canyon of Heroes
Granite, Metal Pavers Ticker Tape Parade

 

 

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Police badges waterjet fabricated from a variety of materials, Terrazzo , Brass, Carpet tile and Ceramic tile.

Montclair, California – Police Department

Pour-in-Place terrazzo makes up the badge, while the State of California emblem (center) is a detailed stone mosaic.

 

Terrazzo Pour – Montclair police Department badge

Lagrange, Georgia – Carpet Tile by Interface

Carpet is also a versatile material to use in making designs, badges and logo’s. The variety of colors is endless from Interface, inventor and primary supplier of carpet tile.
www.interfaceglobal.com

Lagrange, Ga police badge

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Police Department

Vinyl composition tile in hundreds of colors and textures is a long-lasting and colorful medium for Police Department lobbies.

 

Albuquerque Police Badge

Atlantic, Florida – Police Department

This Police badge was created for Atlantic Police Department from many colors of Porcelain materials. Note the detail in the State of Florida emblem, complete with palm trees and coconuts, in the central crest.

Montclair, California – Police Department

Police badge was fabricated from Brass, with overlay and etched details.

 

Brass, with overlay and etched details police badge.

 

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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 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

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Springs Lyre
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Hollywood Fleurette
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