Client: Kalahari Resorts
Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI, United States
Completion date: 2015
Artwork budget: $150,000
Creative Edge Master Shop
Grazzini Brothers and Company
Project was a themed lobby for a family waterpark. Artwork would become a permanent part of the building as it built into the pour in place epoxy terrazzo floor.
This project was part of an overall theming of the building. Building style, lobby shops: artwork, furniture and fixture all reflected the whimsical African Safari idea. The floor was the most consistent and dominant feature of the lobby design.
Because it is the entry area and lobby floor, first impressions are paramount. Eye-catching beauty and celebration were essential to the design. Equally important was durability and the ability to clean the floor easily. Epoxy terrazzo was the material of choice because of the bright colors, "classic" textures and complex patterns. The three story atrium afforded the opportunity to add to the appeal by creating an illusion of three dimensional forms, as viewed from above.
The traditional art of terrazzo floors involves marble chips in a slurry with metal dividers. This project represented an innovative advance in that the metal dividers were not bent manually but by machine-cut by super pressure waterjet technology. This allowed for more complex details and incorporation of the metal as a design element.