Christine Finn with 350 concrete pots about to be sent to Cape May State Park, New Jersey  as part of the 'Hands across the Ocean' project                                                           Picture: DAVID FERGUSON
David Ferguson Christine Finn with 350 concrete pots about to be sent to Cape May State Park, New Jersey as part of the 'Hands across the Ocean' project Picture: DAVID FERGUSON

Christine Finn, a creative archaeologist, journalist and native of the island of Jersey, has created 350 solid concrete flower pots to symbolize the concrete fortifications left behind on the island during the Second World War and the link to the state of New Jersey. The project, Garden States, is to be on display at the Cape May State Park in New Jersey. According to an article on the Brett Group website:

“I wanted to articulate the sense and feel of the concrete that was such a feature of my childhood in Jersey,” says Christine. “I had tried using words but found using concrete as an artistic medium far more meaningful.”

Brett Group and Granite Products created a special mix for the project.

“I met with Christine to discuss her requirements, then we ran trials at the plant to establish a viable concrete mix for the task in hand,” explains [ concrete technician, Graham Holland].  “The factory process wasn’t right for this job, so it was decided that the pots would be manufactured individually and we developed two concrete mixes, a dry mix that produced a rough-textured surface finish and a highly workable mix, which gave a smooth surface finish.

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