Hypertufa, hypertufa, hypertufa…..say that ten times fast!!! I discovered this very interesting material/style of art today at the Knoxville’s Farmers Market. It caught my eye from a distance and I was quite intrigued. It looks like it is a concrete substance, but far from it. It is created by blending a mixture of Portland cement, perlite, vermiculite, peat moss, and water. It creates a permanent structure that is much lighter than concrete and best of all it will not crack with outside exposure.
Hypertufa is based on an ancient technique to create faux rocks that looks and acts similar to the natural formations of Tufa Lava Rock. This is what Wikipedia has to say about Hypertufa’s base, Anthropic rock.
Anthropic rock is rock that is made, modified and moved by humans. Concrete is the most widely known example of this. The new category has been proposed to recognize that man-made rocks are likely to last for long periods of Earth’s future geological time, and will be important in humanity’s long-term future.
Really cool stuff. I’m excited to add it into my collection of plantware.