Palos Park, Chicago, Illinois

A private Chicago client sought a recreation of the natural environments surrounding his vacation home in Breckenridge, Colorado. He envisioned a breathtaking indoor display featuring a trickling waterfall gently cascading down rocks and over foliage. General Contractor Nathan Griffin, of Creative Rock Forming, hired Wildlife Preservations in-house rockwork artist Michael Vernalson to help make that vision a reality.

A great deal of time was spent studying reference photographs in order to accurately replicate the natural habitats of the area. The 600 square foot project was carefully designed and installed by a small team. After installing the plumbing for the waterfall, concrete was mixed, hand applied over the wire mesh and steel armature, and then expertly shaped, carved and painted to create a finished masterpiece of handcrafted rocks. Artificial foliage completed the picture. The installation was completed in only four weeks. When the water was turned on, a small piece of Colorado came to life in a Chicago home. 

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