Published on November 20, 2017
Bostik, Inc., a world leader in specialty adhesives and installation systems for building construction, recently announced the winner of the Bostik Mexico Mural Competition/Pro Category in typical grand fashion. Ten of Mexico’s most well-known architectural designers were commissioned to design a unique stone mural, one of which to be selected as Grand Prize Winner by a panel of industry-specific judges. The winning design would be cut and fabricated by Creative Edge Master Shop, the firm that first harnessed the capabilities of high-pressure waterjet technology to cut, fabricate and deliver unique architectural projects. Stone material, provided by NuWa Stone, would consist of stunning marbles, granites, lava stones and basalts. Ultimately, this imposing 30' x 30' tour de force would be installed in Monterrey, Mexico’s Fundidora Park as a ventilated façade on the wall of a massive, defunct foundry.
Designed by competition winner, architect Tomás Güereña, the Grand Prize mural is an interpretation of the evolution/transformation of the former Steel and Foundry Company of Monterrey into Fundidora Park, a highly popular public venue and site of Latin America’s foremost Museum of Industrial Archeology.
“The mural was bonded and installed with Bostik's high-performance technology, Panel Tack™, allowing us to quickly transform an old foundry wall into a modern, masterpiece-quality work of art,” exclaimed Daniel Sanchez, Bostik Mexicana’s National Sales Manager, Consumer & Construction Business Unit , who presided over the mural’s unveiling as Master of Ceremonies to the nearly 100 industry professionals who attended.
Creative Edge President/Founder Jim Belilove added, “Over 2,000 pieces of NuWa’s stone material were individually precision-cut by our computer-driven waterjet systems. Tolerances were extremely tight for a project of this magnitude. In most cases, joints were 1/16th of an inch or less! The entire mural was put together using Bostik installation materials. I cannot imagine a better product line to use for an undertaking such as our Monterrey mural.”
Gracie Morris, President/CEO of then stated, “NuWa Stone was proud to partner with Bostik and Creative Edge to co-sponsor this latest installation of the stone-art contest in the beautiful city of Monterrey. The entire experience was seamlessly delivered and successfully executed from beginning to end, thanks to the wonderful team at Bostik. The opportunity not only allowed NuWa Stone to engage with local designers and architects in Mexico, but also to be a part of the winning artist's vision through the use of natural stone.”
After the unveiling presentation, all attendees were invited to an upscale, lavish hospitality event right inside the former Steel and Foundry Company of Monterrey, hosted by Bostik. “We’re highly focused on building our brand throughout the Americas,” declared Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “This is a very ‘hot’ construction region, which currently is burgeoning with both new construction and high-end renovation. Mexico’s construction industry is very focused on using the most updated, specialty installation materials. As a result of that, we’re establishing legions of new and mutually beneficial partnerships throughout this part of the world.”
About Bostik, Inc.
Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €1.6 billion, the company employs 4,900 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Arkema.