Showcasing their decorative skills and handy craftwork, this year's artists come from all over the world to take part in the 9th annual Artistry in Decorative Concrete demonstrations. Held in the Silver Lot in front of South Hall, twelve artistic masterpieces are being created on 10x10-foot squares of concrete using stains, color hardeners, stamping, polishing, and other decorative applications. The artists will demonstrate their work on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Jan. 19, during show hours and on Thursday and Friday attendees are invited to see the completed projects.

Among the artists this year, Muud Design, Fillmore, Calif., is replicating the Angkor Wat temple in Angkor, Cambodia, built in the early 12th century. Neil Hughes, designer of the project, spent a lot of time researching the perfect project and decided on the ruins because of the intricate detail involved in recreating it. "We wanted it to be 3D," says Adrian Gascon, president of Muud Design. He noted that this is their first attempt at the project, but he's confident that his team will complete it.

Another project showcased this year will be the "Replicas of Alcatraz Lighthouses." The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program is working with students from Middle Tennessee State University, California State University Chico, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Texas State University to meticulously recreate all the details of the lighthouses. Mike Eastergard, president of PreiTech, Evans, Ga., provides guidance as the students are hard at work. PreiTech provided the forms for the project, as well as assistance. He says the inspiration for the project came when a few students were doing restoration work on the lighthouses last summer. "We decided to recreate it using forms and actual pieces from the prison building at Alcatraz."

A more to the point project, this year is being worked on by the Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) of American Concrete Contractors Association (ASCC). "Ask the Expert Booth" will demonstrate vertical overlay textures, Medello Stencil designs, and microtopping. The ASCC logo will be highlighted on a smooth surface surrounded by a textured wall. Rob Sousa of Modern Concrete, Providence, R.I., says, "The purpose of this project is to make decorative concrete contractors aware of the DCC and ASCC and to promote advancement of concrete contractors through education."