Founded in 1948 and built on a reputation of the highest level of craftsmanship, Shaw & Sons has since grown to be the largest decorative concrete contractor in the nation. Shaw and Sons is widely known for their multiple innovations in architectural concrete. The company has over 55 patents and multiple trademarks, including the Speed Dowel® and Lithocrete®. Their finishes have been successfully proven on millions of square feet of installations. Shaw & Sons has been trusted with almost every significant project in Southern California. Some of their notable projects are The Getty Villas, Tongva Park, Grand Park LA, Westfield Century City, and The Broad Museum.
Cliff Garten is an internationally recognized sculptor based in Venice, California. His multidisciplinary studio specializes in sculptural works that explore the interplay of light, urban space, architecture landscape, and infrastructure. His pieces are sought after and celebrated for the way they define interaction and movement by creating energy between things, inspire interest in public activity, and reframe a sense of place within public and private realms.
Garten is the recipient of two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation Fellowship for Individual Artists, the Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, and the Jerome Foundation Travelling Artist Grant. His civic sculptures have consistently been named best in the nation by The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network and have been cited for design excellence by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
John Cook has extensive professional design experience that spans more than 25 years. A large part of his career was spent at BMW Designworks USA, where he designed products for a wide array of clients including Microsoft, Nokia, Kyocera, MCI, Diamond Back Racing and Star Trac as well as in-house work with BMW and Mini. John’s fitness industry design experience includes a tenure at Star Trac, where he did the industrial design for the Spinner® NXT and Spinner® Blade. He has also received many patents and international design awards including the IDEA, Good Design, ID magazine and Red Dot. Cook received a B.A. with a specialty in Industrial Design from Cal State University, Northridge. John currently lives in Ventura, California with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, ten bikes and one well used Spinner NXT.