SOPHIA PEACE CENTER
The more we work with granite resin, the more we like it. It has stood up to some very difficult working conditions, including the altitude and temperatures in Dolores, Colorado, in the four corners area.
The site was quite exceptional. Note our work trailer and shade structure.
First we mask off the pattern, and then cover the paths with plastic (photos above and below).
Normally, the granite material is used to cover an entire surface. But we use it only to form the lines and thus delineate the labyrinth pattern.
When covering large surfaces the material is sprayed from a hopper gun. We tried that (photo above) but didn't like the result and the wastefulness of material. So we now apply it by hand (photo below) which takes longer but gives a much better result.
The material is around 1/8-inch thick. Unlike paint or stain, it should never wear out.
Granite resin has a very high non-skid coefficient due to the pointed nature of quartz crystal. The surface is sealed to protect it from stains.
Our biggest burden as concrete artists is to arrive and find ugly concrete. Even though we give specific guidelines, they are often ignored. The dark areas above resulted from over-troweling the concrete during the finishing process. So distracting was the concrete that eventually the paths were also covered with the granite resin. This color blue was invented for us, which we call Bahamas Blue because we also used in in our installation in the Bahamas.
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