The Zocalo team is very excited to be “hurrying hard” to finish building and planting “living curling rocks” for the Tim Hortons Brier 2013 to be held in Edmonton’s Rexall Place March 2-10.
We’ve been scheming with the team from Weldco Beales Manufacturing about this project through many dark winter months, with napkins, funny-looking sketches, CAD drawings and coffee breaks, and is now we’re totally excited to be making these for the sport of curling’s big national championship to be held this coming week in Edmonton.
Community spirit is indeed alive in Edmonton! It’s been a labour of love and something we’re very happy to have done for the community of curlers. Better yet, we were able to team up with Weldco Beales Manufacturing who expertly engineered and manufactured the metal frame. Their team has done a ton of work and donated oodles of time and materials to bring this vision to life!
As Weldco Beales President Doug Schindel states, “We can do all this work in Alberta, but if you can’t give back to the community, why are we doing it?”
Each of the four “living rocks,” to be positioned in each of the four corners of the playing surface, hold about 150 plants. That’s a total of 600 plants! Each half-rock measures about 5 feet wide, 2.5 feet deep and 4 feet tall and weighs about 400 pounds. Plants for the rock’s “granite” are made with Echeveria succulents and small-leaf Jades, while plants for the top of the rocks are made with Kalanchoe, Begonia and Chrysanthemums. After seeing one of the planted rocks, one of our cheerleading relatives couldn’t resist: “Mmm, excellent weight, clearly shot rock, it’s right on the button, you guys aren’t a bunch of hacks!”