Floors and walls that are beautified with decorative concrete tools, stains and sealers are wonderful — l love ‘em. But, I know there is more to the concrete life.
200 years ago, decorative concrete was art imitating reality and known as faux bois. Ferrocement processes are still applied in the 21 century by artists like Carlos Cortes, a 3rd generation faux bois artist. Studio Cortes features benches, tables and even a bridge as modern faux bois art pieces resembling rough bark wood. Collectors, including Martha Stewart, watch avidly for the antique pieces.
Artists within the Engrave-A-Crete community are activating their artistic side and stepping out dramatically in the art of decorative concrete.
Vlada Hanzl of engrave s.r.o made this concrete chess set that intrigues many of us here in the office. I love the stark simplicity of black and white any time, but I especially like the lines created by the checkered board which measures about 23 inches square and the sturdy chess figures, each ranging from 3 to 5 inches tall.
When Lisa Takaguchi of Adept Concrete Engraving, put this concrete table at the beginning of a series of photos she sent, it just took my breath away. I need one of these on my patio or in a garden.
Nicole Santoni says that Concrete Zen is busy creating their benches, huge pots and molded cocktail tables. Their artistry has led to their being connected with the renovation of vintage homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his proteges.
Why don’t you press your own ‘art button’ and liberate your creativity? I’ve shared the work from Vlada, Lisa and Nicole. I would like to see yours as well; please email pictures to me, email@example.com, or post them to our Facebook Page.