Expocrete: University Of British Columbia

Renowned contemporary artist Esther Shalev-Gerz created a paved art installation titled “The Shadow” on the University of British Columbia campus on University Plaza.

Inspired by a first-growth Douglas fir, the unique work is best viewed overhead from the nearby roof garden, which offers a spectacular perspective of the 100 x 22 meter installation. Expocrete Concrete Products manufactured approximately 24,000 Belgard® VS-5 paving stones to replace the existing pavers with three shades of grey that form the pixilated shadow.

Three custom color blends were needed as per the artist’s requirements. Expocrete’s Director of Quality, Chuong Phung, and Director of Operations, Don Broadbent, sourced special black aggregates to achieve the desired blend of the Belgard VS-5 paving stone. The product was manufactured at the Expocrete Calgary manufacturing center, and the previously installed pavers were removed and repurposed on the UBC campus.

This project is another example of Expocrete’s collaborative workflow between our client, the contractor and our operations team. “The Shadow” project illustrates Expocrete’s capabilities of bringing our client’s vision to fruition, while also expanding our manufacturing and R&D capabilities,” said John Moroz, Director of Marketing.

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