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anti-skateboard-shells-350Tom Ralston Concrete was asked to pour skim coat overlays to refurbish the old Four Seasons Chapel. Shortly thereafter the new expanse opened as the Pacific Garden Chapel and the entire front hardscape was refurbished with a circular driveway, walkways and planter walls.  Shortly after the work was completed the new owner had a new issue to contend with --  "railing" skateboarders. The city sidewalks were great launching pads to gain speed on and local skating hot shots would see just how far they could rail their boards on the new concrete planter wall edges. TRC was asked to come up with an artful solution to the problem which was to cast engineered cement into some molds cast from the Monterey Bay Moon Shells. Later the shells were coated with a metallic copper. Vandals destroyed many of the shells by beating on them with metal bars and eventually we used a simple piece of bronze to replace each of these beautiful artful shells. Read more about it in Feb 2004 Concrete Decor - "Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, Calif", Oct/Nov 2003 Concrete Decor - "The Final Pour Artistic solution prevents Skateboard Damage. and Tom Ralston Concrete: Decorative Concrete Company Devises Anti-skateboard Solution and Tom Ralston Concrete: Decorative Concrete Company Devises Anti-skateboard Solution.