Stone, glass and waterjet art

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Conference table featuring stone and glass cut on a waterjet

 Conference table (Photo courtesy David Allen Company)

The  conference table shown above features 1,500 intricate pieces of stone and stained glass that were cut on the company’s Jet Edge waterjet machine.

Detail of conference tabletop cut with waterjet

Peacock eye on conference table (Photo courtesy Jet Edge)

Notice the detail in the peacock’s eye in the photograph shown above–it’s not painted, it’s all inlaid stone! The precision cutting possible with waterjets makes this type of inlay work practical and cost-effective.

Detail of inlaid marble conference table top cut by waterjet

Close-up of Venetian carnival masks on conference table (Photo courtesy Jet Edge)

In the photo above, you can see the combined images of swirling galaxies and Venetian carnival masks. These elements provide the theme for the artistic terrazzo table in the San Marco conference room.

Marble medallion and JetEdge waterjet machineClose-up of marble medallion cut on waterjet

A marble medallion in front of the Jet Edge waterjet used by David Allen Company (Photo courtesy Jet Edge)

The photo above shows a marble medallion that Dave Allen Company cut for the Bridgewater Pointe condominium project. Behind the medallion, you can see the Jet Edge waterjet machine used to create the piece. On the left is the controller that controls the motion of the waterjet, the high-pressure water flow, and the flow of the abrasive. The waterjet cutting head moves back and forth along the X-beam that runs the length of the tank.

Terrazzo form made on waterjet

A butterfly form used to create a terrazzo graphic (Photo courtesy Jet Edge)

 In terrazo work, a layer of cement is put down, and then a metal form is pressed into the cement. The form is then filled with small colored marble chips and covered with a sealer. Before David Allen Company bought their waterjet, it used to take weeks to cut, bend, and solder strips of zinc into the sorts of intricate forms shown in the photo above. Now the waterjet can cut the artistic shapes from sheets of zinc in a matter of hours, allowing even greater artistic freedom to the designers.

Bronze footprint inlaid into stone paver

The stone pavers were precision cut with a waterjet so the bronze footprints could be inserted (Photo courtesy Jet Edge)

The artist Thomas Sayre had a vision for an art piece for a  light rail station in Phoenix. “The artist was inspired by the unique behavior of passengers waiting for a train. Bronze footprints reveal the choreography of waiting as clusters of footprints narrate different stories throughout the platform.”

The waterjet cuts into the paver stone needed to be exactly the right size so that the bronze castings would fit snugly. Can you imagine doing something like this using a chisel or traditional stone working tools?

Marble inlay inspired by Alexander the Great's horse, Bucephalus, cut on a waterjet

Mosaic stonework inspired by Alexander the Great’s horse, Bucephalus (Photo courtesy of Jet Edge)

The above photo shows the swooping, smooth curves possible when doing inlay work using a waterjet to cut the pieces. This marble inlay horse was inspired by Bucephalus, the horse of Alexander the Great whom Alexander tamed when he was just ten years old.

Terrazo image of David Allen with form cut on waterjet

The founder of David Allen Company in terrazzo (Photo courtesy of Jet Edge)

David Allen, a master craftsman, founded the company in 1920 with a dedication to creating the best possible stonework. Today, the company is well-known for its award-winning terrazzo work. In the photograph above, a portrait of the company founder is recreated in terrazzo, using metal forms cut on a waterjet, the latest technology for stone working. A classic example of old meeting new and something beautiful resulting.

You can read more about how the David Allen Company uses waterjets in their work at this profile on the Jet Edge web site (external link).