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  • Head to Head

    The rivalry between the National Plaster Council and onBalance doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Here is a look at their science

  • Chinese Water Garden

    This Asian-inspired project honors the tradition but remains appropriate to the locale

  • Special Features

    Grottos, waterfeatures, seating and planter pockets require special attention to be functional and appear natural

  • Formations

    When installing artificial rock, professionals must ensure that every rock formation is realistic, compelling and intuitive

  • Cracks

    When expertly administered, cracks add a powerful sense of motion and degradation to artificial rock formations

  • Coloration

    A successful project uses realistic staining, shadow and highlights to convey a powerful sense of aging

  • Rock Solid Principles

    Artificial rock artists share their techniques for forming, cracking and coloring the product for ultimate realism

  • For Those About to Rock

    This first of a two-part series discusses the methods and planning needed for forming artificial rock

  • The Hand-Sculpted Method of Artificial Rock

    This technique allows the replication of any type of rock

  • The Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete Method

    The utilization of pre-manufactured panels makes this method installer-friendly