MK Feature ImageThis is part two of our series that takes a peek into the process of the artists, artisans and craftspeople who helped make Mill 180 Park a reality. Click here to read the series.

Please describe what you created for Mill 180 Park.

I created the concrete bar, the back bar, the concrete panels under the bar and all of the bar cabinetry. I also created the bathroom sinks and the concrete corn hole boards.

How did you come up with the design?

The design was an in-depth collaboration with Oxbow Design, and was a direct response to the needs expressed by Lystra and Michael, the owners of Mill180 Park.

What materials did you use and why?

Mostly concrete. Concrete is a material that reflects the transubstantiation of elements the world gives us, by the agency of human hands and minds.

Please describe the creation process.

The bar was cast on site with a fairly traditional concrete. The front bar has two levels, but is a single piece. It weighs 2,900 lbs. The top was finished by hand with the use of a trowel. This is what confers its leather-like surface.

Concrete panels underneath the bar are cast against wood, a reference to the kind of formwork (or as it is known, falsework) that was typical at the time Mill 180 was built. Despite this, these panels are only 1/2″ thick and are composed of one of the most modern fiber reinforced variants of concrete.

The sink is also composed of a fiber reinforced concrete. Unlike the bar, it was cast off-site, upside-down, and in a form that defined all its geometries, including the sheen of its surface. Although these sinks are over 6′ long, they only weigh a light (for concrete) 170 lbs. each.

What do you like best about Mill 180 Park?

This is a project where everyone was/is on their A game. It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of this project.


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