Waterjet Applied to School Spirit: 30 Years of Classic and Ferocious Logos

 SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY: MASCOTS, MEMORIALS and SYMBOLS

Every educational institution has an emblem that is the symbol of the school.

Actually, many institutions have two logos…one dignified with Roman numerals, Latin sayings and inspiring mottos, and the other logo is some ferocious animal (bear, eagle, tiger, steamroller etc.) that represents the schools’ athletic teams and their aggressive approach to utterly defeating rivals.

Fortunately, the full range of such symbols can be created using waterjet fabrication. Any type of permanent architectural material such as brass and bronze and stone can be used, as well as colorful combinations of virtually any floor covering.

The art of school and university symboling now has unlimited possibilities.

View our portfolio of 30 years of Nationwide Education Projects

For help with your special project: quotes, design, sourcing, management or inspiration, feel free to contact us.

Jim and Ginger Bellilove
Principals
Cell: (641) 919-7386
Office: (641) 472-8145
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COMING SOON…30 Years of Amazing Floors!

New Technology Enables New Artistry.
Presenting 30 years of Waterjet Artistry Since 1988

1988 was the start….In that year, it dawned on us that the new waterjet technology with its amazing speed, precision and versatility could revolutionize architectural fabrication. The new-found capabilities of waterjet could unleash wonderful new artistry and creativity. We set out to do just that.

“NEW TECHNOLOGY ENABLES NEW ARTISTRY” we proclaimed.

Throughout history, technology and artistry are intertwined. Technical advances lead to new forms of expression. And with every new method of shaping materials, creative persons have used the new media as a way of expressing their vision, decorating structures ad stirring the soul.

So it has been over the past 30 years of architectural waterjet. There is nothing finished about this process…we have just begun to explore the possibilities. We invite all creative people to participate with us.

TWELVE Waterjet Porfolios: Over the next twelve email messages, we will review 30 years of our “greatest hits”: the worldwide projects that exemplify the extraordinary uses of waterjet. These projects were developed with artists, designers and architects who were not bashful about their own exuberant creativity and boldly used this new technology.

EXPLORE 30 Years of development of the Waterjet Technique!

 Colors of Ceramic as a Graphic Medium

 Waterjet for the New Generation of Hospital Design

 Educational Institutions Identification and Inspiration

 Grand Entrances for Grand Properties

 Extraordinary Marble and Gemstone Floors

 Honoring Veterans in Granite and Bronze

 Durable, Inspiring Public Spaces

 Decorating Sacred Spaces

 Graphic Design in every Floor Covering

 Welcoming Customers

 Unique Spaces, Unique Fabrication

 New Technology Enhances the Ancient Art of Terrazzo

Jim Bellilove
President
Cell: (641) 919-7386
Office: (641) 472-8145
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WINNING DESIGN OF BOSTIK SIGNATURE SPACES COMPETITION BEDAZZLES AS PERMANENT CENTERPIECE IN BELLAGIO LOBBY

 

Bellagio - MGM Casino and resort
Bellagio – Contest winning medallion

 

Bostik, Inc., a world leader in adhesives and installation systems for building construction, announced the winning design for its most recent edition of Bostik’s Signature Spaces™… in stunning style.

This latest event, entitled “The Art of Stone Flooring Design Contest™,” welcomed design submissions from North American flooring installation contractors, artists, interior designers and architects with expertise in commercial spaces. Entrants were encouraged to submit their most creative realizations of a waterjet cut-and-fabricated, round marble medallion which was to be permanently installed in the main lobby of Las Vegas’ iconic Bellagio Hotel & Casino. 

At a VIP award ceremony and industry-networking event held May 3rd at Hyde, the Bellagio’s “Height of Decadence” nightlife venue, Rick Faber, Senior Graphic Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering was awarded the Grand Prize: a trip for two to Paris, France. In front of 600 high-powered guests, consisting primarily of architects and designers, Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing & Business Development and emcee of the award ceremony, declared, “The lobby location of this 13′ diameter, stone flooring masterpiece is currently being viewed by over 20,000 Bellagio visitors every single day!”

Bostik, the sole sponsor of this competition, partnered with MGM Resorts International (the owner of the Bellagio), Creative Edge Master Shop (the waterjet firm producing the winning design), NTCA (National Tile Contractors Association) and Superior Tile & Marble (The 5-Star contractor which installed the winning medallion).

Bellagio Hotel Unveiling
Bellagio winner receiving check..

According to Jim Belilove, President/Founder of Creative Edge Master Shop, “This medallion will provide an enduring signature space for the Bellagio, showing off the elegance of marble and its combination with other architectural metals. Right after it was unveiled, we were told the medallion’s beauty and workmanship was nothing less than “Renaissance quality!”

Todd Robinson, Director of Operations at Superior Tile & Stone commented, “It was an honor to be chosen to work on such a prestigious installation. The waterjet cut-and-fabricated medallion was not only beyond beautiful, but was delivered to the jobsite in the most professional way for our installers to handle the project. And of course, we utilized the Bostik system to ensure that the medallion was installed at optimal levels.”

Banda summed up the successful evening by stating, “This is the fourth competition we’ve staged with our partners at MGM Resorts International in the last three years. In all of these, we’ve arranged for a permanent installation to take place at one of their key properties. Everybody involved wins. But in particular, those who submitted their designs had great opportunities to showcase their creative talents, and subsequently receive well-deserved notoriety. Bostik builds strong bonding situations with much more than just its state-of-the-art specialty adhesive systems. Through programs such as Bostik Signature Spaces, we bring people together, and they build relationships that last for many years. That’s really strong bonding!”

About Bostik, an Arkema company
Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in construction, consumer and industrial markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €1.95 billion, the company employs 6,000 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. For the latest information, visit www.bostik.com.

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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 page:bostik.com/us/ArtOfStone 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: bostik.com/us/ArtOfStone 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)
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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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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.
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