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By Justin Dato, DVI Intern

Dinger show casing his cement sculptures at DVI's First Wednesday Art Walk.

Dinger show casing his cement sculptures at DVI’s First Wednesday Art Walk. Credit: @green_crete on Instagram

Would you ever think aluminum cans, water bottles and food containers can be turned into art? Well, Aric Dinger of Green Crete has a knack for seeing the potential in everyday objects and turning them into creative masterpieces. By being able to reproduce the different shapes and patterns in these overlooked items, Dinger highlights the beauty in our everyday world through his concrete sculptures.

“My technique is quite simple,” Dinger said. “I seek out interesting forms and try to capture them with concrete.

Each piece is distinctly created from different molds and geometric patterns accentuated by colors that pop, lively succulents and even tiny dinosaurs.

A purple dinosaur makes his home in this concrete jungle. Credit: @green_crete on Instagram.

A purple dinosaur makes his home in this concrete jungle. Credit: @green_crete on Instagram.

Starting off as gifts for friends and family, Dinger decided to open Green Crete so the people of Jacksonville can appreciate his work, too. His work has been featured in stores such as West Elm, but his main venue is DVI’s First Wednesday Art Walk.

“What I love most about showing at Art Walk is the energy,” he said. “Everyone is so eager and excited to hear about the product and process.”

To learn more about Green Crete and purchase some of his products, be sure to attend Art Walk on July 1 from 5-10 p.m.

This month’s theme is Celebrating the Art of Jacksonville, where we will recognize the importance of the arts and artists in Jacksonville (including Green Crete!) as we welcome the city’s new leadership, Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams. Full details are now online at the official Art Walk website, www.iloveartwalk.com.



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