One of the biggest weeks for anyone involved in the concrete industry is World of Concrete in Las Vegas. There are many exciting things to do during this week-long event. I always look forward to visiting the concrete demonstration area and checking out all the great concrete artists and their projects. At the demonstration areas it’s all about the competition (displays are judged) and the camaraderie. To illustrate, Iowa-based concrete artist Mark Whitten walked by a fellow artist’s creation during the first day of the show and picked up a brush and tool to join in – unplanned.
This year Adrian Gascon of Creative Waterscapes and his project caught my attention. The design for the waterfall master from Filmore, Calif., is a serene scene that incorporates a Buddha, a dead tree and a magic door. Touch the Buddha’s head and the magic door opens – all made of concrete, of course. “I had a vision for what we’re creating here,” said Gascon. “I wanted something with movement; no one has ever done anything with movement.” Gascon is known regionally, principally on the West Coast, as a developer of concrete structures that feature water. His display at 2013 World of Concrete shows he can deliver the unique even without H2O.