There’s a reason why concrete is the world’s most used construction material: It offers a unique combination of strength and moldability. Germany even has a word to describe the indeterminate value of the substance: “Betongold.” It translates to mean “concrete gold.”

While comparing the coarse gray mixture to the world’s most precious metal may be a stretch, concrete has only increased in value in the last century. Besides filling the foundations in modern homes, holding up floor after floor in modern high rises, and offering our automobiles a place to turn their wheels, concrete has now entered the design sector.

From baseball bats to guitars, concrete has been used by designers as a replacement for just about any other building and material. In order to gauge the scope of just how versatile concrete can be, the staff at Concrete Construction brings you these unusual concrete creations: