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.

canyon of heroes
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
Granit, Metal Pavers Ticker Tape Parade

 

 

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Police badges made 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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Clayton Merrell Pittsburgh Airport Terrazzo Floor Buildings

Terrazzo Forms for Floor Layout, Art, Color and Design at the Pittsburgh International Airport

The TERRAZZO TEK system by Creative Edge provides all the tools for Terrazzo artists and contractors to implement art, logo and pattern projects. The TERRAZZO TEK system was fully engaged for a recent upgrade to the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Roman Mosaic and Tile Company of Westchester PA, used 60,000+ square feet of stenciling system (Transfomz) and 100’s metal forms and inserts (Jetformz) to install the new Pittsburgh International Airport Airside terminal. This project consisted of 30 phases, mostly at night, to allow airport operations to be uninterrupted.

Doug Wilczek of Roman Mosaic was the project’s superintendent. Each section was laid out, stencils were spray painted to transfer the design for easy strip layout. This system eliminated many man hours, and ensured accurate implementation of the artist’s inspired and beautiful design.

Testimonial from Roman Mosaic & Tile Company

I can always rely on Creative Edge to provide terrific ideas, information and products for our terrazzo logos and designs. We recently installed terrazzo on several projects incorporating both their templates and terrazzo forms and I would not want to use any other product!

Keep up the great work!

Douglas Wilczek

Operations Manager

Roman Mosaic and Tile Co.

Two technicians use spray paint for terrazzo art layout
Terrazzo technicians use Creative Edge Transformz Layout system to locate patterns and features in the floor artwork for the Pittsburgh International Airport renovation.
Main floor of the Pittsburgh International Airport airside terminal
Completed terrazzo artwork for the main floor of the airside terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport.

 

 

JetFormz and TransFormz are registered service marks of Creative Edge Master Shop and are part of the TERRAZZO TEK system for terrazzo artistry. If you would like more information about using TERRAZZO TEK in your architectural projects, give us a call at 800-394-8145.

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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium Graced with Marble and Granite Waterjet Fabricated Butterflies

Creative Edge Master Shop fabricated two Monarch Butterflies for the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium of New Orleans. The first logo, in full Monarch colors, is made of granite and bronze and graces the entrance to the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. The second butterfly was fabricated with marble and bronze and can be found in the lobby. The Monarch Butterfly is rare and special and we are honored to have a part in displaying this unique and wonderful creature.

This granite and bronze monarch butterfly graces the entrance to the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
The marble and bronze butterfly sits in the lobby of the Audubon Insectarium.

Founded in 1988, Creative Edge is the oldest and most experienced waterjet fabricator in the US. We are known worldwide for creating award-winning waterjet-fabricated marble, granite and terrazzo floors in luxury residences, five-star hotels, and prominent public venues. Some of our recent projects include the massive lobby of the Pittsburgh International Airport Airside Terminal, the historic “Spotlight on Broadway” pavement mosaic on Time’s Square, and the dramatic Renaissance Putuo hotel lobby in Shanghai.

Installers working on monarch butterfly installation outside the Audubon Insectarium
Installers at work on the exterior monarch butterfly, created from brass and granite, at the Audubon Insectarium.
Audubon Insectarium marble monarch butterfly floor installation
A view of the completed marble monarch butterfly installation in the Audubon Insectarium.
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