Artistic Surfaces contributed a vibrantly colored stained concrete flooring medallion for the 64-foot rotunda space at the new Junior Achievement World Huizenga Center located at Broward College in Pompano Beach, Fla. The piece was designed and sawcut by hand using a nail and string technique. Each series of petal tips were created by placing a nail at the center radius measuring to the preferred distance of the outer most edge and making a complete 180-degree circle. The next step required reducing the string length by 8 to 10 inches and repeating the first step. When reducing the string distance from the center radius point around to the left and then returning back around to the right in a circular motion, you are sure to get a symmetrical petal shape and the achieved look of multiple petals creating a beautiful flower design.
Bright stain colors were brushed on to achieve an evenly distributed application of stain color. The project took four weeks to complete using three craftsmen to sawcut, stain, and grout the sawcuts with standard tile grout after staining. A clear solvent sealer was used to enhance the color and protect the surface's finished application. Finally a light buffed wax application was added as the final touch to provide a topical wear surface.
The piece is an In-Kind donation to the practical teaching facility where students learn about business, entrepreneurship, and personal finances.