At the Artistry demos Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, Troy Lemon (right), Cornerstone Decorative Concrete, Fenville, Mich., works on a fireplace installation with the help of Mike Branch, The Rental Branch, St. Joe, Mich., a distributor of Cornerstone products.
Kate Hamilton At the Artistry demos Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, Troy Lemon (right), Cornerstone Decorative Concrete, Fenville, Mich., works on a fireplace installation with the help of Mike Branch, The Rental Branch, St. Joe, Mich., a distributor of Cornerstone products.

If you find you need to give your feet a rest after visiting the many booths and events at World of Concrete, you can always rest in a lounge chair. And because we're at WOC, it would have to be a concrete lounge chair at that.

Nick Relampagos' project is one of the 12 inspirational projects you will find at Concrete Construction's Artistry in Decorative Concrete demonstrations. If there's a chill in the air, don't fret-the chair also has radiant heat. "The radiant heat strip is made especially for concrete," says Relampagos, of It's Concrete in Hayward, Calif.

Relampagos' project is made with glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). He got started in the concrete business five years ago and has worked with GFRC for the past two years. He now includes glass fibers in all of his concrete mixes. You can learn more about GFRC at Concrete Surfaces' Contractor Clinics at 12 p.m. on Thursday when Relampagos gives a demonstration for Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products.

Another artistry project that is sure to get lots of attention this week is the 9/11 memorial. Seven students from the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program are assisting in creating this memorial to the 32 firefighters from New York City's Battalion 9 Firehouse at 48th Street and Eight Avenue in Manhattan. The names of those who died will be inscribed on one of the two 10-foot-tall GFRC towers.

Ed Gruetzner retired from Battalion 9 four months before the attack. He contacted his friend, Michael Eastergate of Preitech Mfg., a form manufacturer, about his idea. CIM was looking for a student project at about the same time. "I said I'd love to do a project, and Mike said I'm with you," explains Gruetzner, who was watching the project come together on Monday.

When it is completed, they plan to make it a permanent fixture at Memorial Park, across the street from the Battalion 9 firehouse in New York.

You can find these and the 10 other beautiful Artistry in Decorative Concrete projects in the Silver Lot in front of South Hall all week.