- Project Impact. For residents and visitors, National Harbor offers restaurants, entertainment, and homes within steps of the water(18). As a veritable outdoor museum, developer Milt Peterson was determined that the Maryland multi-use complex be beautiful as well as functional(19). The client desired a space that would activate a space as it shifts from town center to harbor(20).
- Features & Design Context. “Chesapeake Journey” occupies 1,618 square feet as part of a new riverfront development in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The mural includes portraits of notable historic figures and cities. The mural includes some immediately obvious imagery, as well as nearly one hundred other hidden icons that viewers can gradually discover. Flanking either side of the balcony are benches engraved with the names of all the icons where read, “Can you find…” to encourage visitors to engage with local history through the mural.
- Techniques & Requirements.
- The hardscape is made up of twenty-seven precast FŌTERA® terrazzo panels, consisting of water, cement, pigment, aggregate (recycled and new), and other proprietary ingredients
- The FŌTERA® process allows colors to be combined to create a gentle gradation of tone and hue without requiring the traditional brass or zinc edging outlining the color fields.
- The colors were specially formulated according to the artist’s specifications, therefore there are no “standard colors.”
- The panels were ground to a smooth finish and chemically sealed to bind the materials
- Each panel has a compressive strength of +/- 7000 psi after 56 days from fabrication
- Stakeholders. The Peterson Companies, National Harbor
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