2020 DCC Award Winner
Hal Brown Park, T.B. Penick & Sons
First Place: Cast-in-Place Special Finishes, Under 5,000 SF
Across from a hospital, Hal Brown Park’s new 36-foot-diameter labyrinth promotes contemplation and restorative healing for park-goers. Designed by Rachel Rodi, the labyrinth comprises integrally colored concrete with a medium-etch finish embedded with mosaic materials, including flat-cut pebbles, colored porcelain, and Mexican Smalti tiles.
Rodi and her team made the 60-piece mosaic in her studio. At the park, the first challenge involved forming a perfect circle. The design was symmetrical so everything had to line up perfectly.
The T.B. Penick crew’s challenge was aligning all the pieces before the concrete was set. Besides the concrete setting up quickly, the weight of the cut mosaic pieces caused the scrim to stretch. Consequently pieces fell off, which required installers to repair them on the spot.