Laticrete supplied artists Hank Saxe and Cynthia Patterson with GREENGUARD certified Laticrete® products for a new landmark sculpture at the El Paso Sun Metro Downtown Transfer Terminal in Texas. The 25-foot tall, structural steel sculpture set on a six-foot concrete base is titled “Confluencia,” Spanish for confluence, and was commissioned by the City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department’s Public Art Program.
Laticrete supplied the installation materials for this sculpture, including its Hydro Ban™ over a cement backerboard to provide a permanent waterproofing and anti-fracture base for glass mosaic tiles provided by Hakatai, as well as Stone and Pewter Accents. Laticrete 254 Platinum was selected as the thin-set adhesive to install all of the tiles that adorn Saxe and Patterson’s Confluencia. Hakatai supplied its Classic series for the “sun” discs at the top of the sculpture. Stone and Pewter Accents Malaga Cove Chimera series of glass mosaic tile was used along the side of the two “river” bands that weave in serpentine fashion to the top and slice the circular sun discs in half on each side. The sun discs were water-jet cut by Hydro Cut, Inc. in Belen, NM, and pre-assembled on a HardieBacker cement board.
To grout the glass mosaic tiles, Laticrete says its PermaColor™ Grout was selected for its “ability to provide unmatched color consistency, and LATICRETE Latasil™, a 100-percent silicone sealant, was used as the final step for added protection for the exterior installation that stands in a challenging environment.”