August 2017

Ottawa’s Concrete Art

by TRP Ready Mix on August 22, 2017

Concrete in Ottawa being used for creative monuments.How Concrete Is Making an Appearance in Artistic Landmarks in Ottawa

Although concrete is mostly associated with construction, buildings, and city infrastructure, concrete in Ottawa is also an art material. Artists in Ottawa have creatively renovated public places with concrete art. From national landmarks to community art installations, there are plenty of artistic concrete pieces popping up around the city. These installations are often concrete sculptures or use concrete for support.

Like concrete, Ottawa’s public places have a reputation for being drab and only serving a functional purpose. However, artistically installed concrete in Ottawa is surprising residents and tourists alike. Take a stroll through Ottawa’s neighbourhoods to discover these concrete art installations for yourself.

Blanding’s Turtles of The South March Highlands

In 2014, artist Christopher Griffin—with the help of volunteer community members—created 13 Blanding’s turtles out of Styrofoam and concrete. These large turtles—which are an important local species—along with Griffin’s concrete murals, are on the grounds at the Ottawa Public Library’s Beaverbrook Branch at 2500 Campeau Drive. All 13 turtles have an inscription of a month in the Algonquin calendar, with each turtle plate representing one moon in a blue moon year. Griffin’s concrete murals contain inscriptions inspired by ancient cave artwork.

House of The Great Blue Heron

Christopher Griffin also created concrete etchings and sculptures of animals for a parking garage in the Glebe neighbourhood at 170 Second Avenue. Working with the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club, Griffin created a list of wildlife that lives in and around the Glebe’s waterways. Each floor in the Glebe Parking Garage has its own wildlife and waterway theme:

  • Floor 1—Fish: Dow’s Lake;
  • Floor 2—Amphibians and Reptiles: Patterson Creek;
  • Floor 3—Birds: Rideau Canal; and,
  • Floor 4—Mammals: Brown’s Inlet.

The LRT Stations

Each of Ottawa’s new light-rail transit (LRT) stations will feature a unique art installation that represents Canadian culture and history. These art installations will complement the structural designs of the LRT stations—which will become models of how a structure or place can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

For example, the Hurdman LRT station will have a painted metal structure from artist Jill Anholt suspended between two walls that represent the flight patterns of birds.

The National War Memorial

The National War Memorial is one of Ottawa’s oldest landmarks and monuments. In 1925, British sculptor Vernon March won an international competition for his design of this historical monument. Also called The Response, the inspiration for this memorial came from Canada’s willingness to serve the Commonwealth in the First World War. The monument consists of bronze statues atop granite and concrete slabs all surrounded entirely by concrete. People near and far come to this memorial to pay their respects to Canadian veterans at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

These concrete art installations are a perfect example of how both concrete and Ottawa’s public places can be functional and creative. Keep an eye out for these artistic concrete installations when touring around Ottawa, especially in the upcoming year when the LRT stations are complete.

Ready Mix: Concrete Without the Fuss

by TRP Ready Mix on August 9, 2017

Learn about the benefits of ready mix concrete for your next project!

With Ready Mix Concrete, There’s No Need for the Hassles of An Onsite Concrete Mixing Set Up

To ensure strong, quality concrete, contractors will typically mix it immediately before pouring. The location and process of how it is mixed will make a huge difference in the amount of time spent on a project. The concrete is either mixed on site or at a local concrete plant.

When mixing concrete on site, workers have to set up the concrete mixing equipment. The site must have enough space to store raw materials and equipment for the installation. Workers will also mix and pour concrete, manage materials and waste, and clean the equipment after use.

When concrete is mixed at a plant, this is known as ready mix concrete. With ready mix concrete, there is no need for any extra work as it is ready to use upon delivery. Rather than expending time and energy mixing concrete onsite, you can leave this process to the pros and have it delivered to you. Since ready mix suppliers have the following concrete equipment, you won’t have to worry about the hassles of on site concrete mixing.

Ready Mix Concrete Plants

Concrete plants have the facilities to store raw materials and mix concrete. These plants have computerized batching equipment that includes a weighing system for additives, aggregates, cement, sand, and water. The computer software system avoids human error when mixing concrete, therefore it will produce the proper concrete mix. Ready mix concrete plants can produce any type of concrete and in any amount, offering quality customized mixes for various construction project needs.

Delivery & Pumping Equipment

With the use of concrete mixing transport trucks, concrete suppliers will deliver the product to you. This type of truck will turn and mix the concrete to maintain the product’s liquid state during transportation. Upon delivery, the suppliers will also pump and pour the concrete with their pumping equipment. These pumping services are especially useful for pouring concrete for large projects and in areas that are hard to reach. The pumping equipment pumps large volumes of concrete to expedite the process. This saves both time and labour throughout the construction project.

Ready mix concrete suppliers also take care of the tedious cleaning of equipment. Also, you won’t have to dismantle any concrete equipment or worry about disposing of concrete waste. Ready mix concrete suppliers have the equipment needed for every step, so you don’t have to worry about the hassles of on site concrete mixing.