The Dri-Rite Company, which packages salt and oil-absorbing products, wanted to remodel the front entrance of its Chicago location. It hired All Stone Inc., Romeoville, Ill., to do the work. All Stone suggested a concrete wall overlay system with artwork carved into the wall. Dri-Rite chose a stacked stone stamp, and gave All Stone permission to treat the wall as a blank canvas.
All Stone decided to create artwork that pertained to the salt and oil businesses. It chose to carve a salt miner, as well as an oil drop, the company's logo, into the wall.
The project began at the end of December 2008 and took three days to complete with a crew of three people. Materials used included concrete vertical wall overlay mix, concrete stamps, carving tools, and water stains.
The wall was prepped and the concrete vertical wall overlay mix was applied and stamped. The salt miner was carved with tools while the concrete was still wet, working in small areas at a time. Glitter was added to the concrete to make it look like sparkling salt.
The oil drop and company name were also troweled and formed into the concrete, then stained. The oil was given several different color shades so that when it is looked at from different angles, different colors are visible, just like in real oil. The entire wall was sealed after it dried completely.