This pair of anthropomorphic painted concrete art benches showcase demonstrate how concrete can be a magical material. When it’s built with concrete, it’s built to last. Even the 2,000 year old Coliseum in Rome was built using concrete. Concrete is a building material that gains strength over time and can last for centuries. Concrete is durable – it resists weathering, erosion and natural disasters, needs few repairs and little maintenance.


Painted concrete art benches

Location: Pepper Park ~ 3283 Tidelands Ave ~ Near National City’s renowned wharf – 32°38’58.1″N 117°06’42.1″W

Artist: Doug Snider

Learn:  You’ll be impressed by this list of some of concrete’s best qualities:

Strength and Durability

  • Used in the majority of buildings, bridges, tunnels and dams for its strength
  • Gains strength over time
  • Not weakened by moisture, mold or pests
  • Concrete structures can withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes

Low Maintenance

  • Concrete, being inert, compact and non-porous, does not attract mold or lose its key properties over time


  • Being naturally fire-resistant concrete forms a highly effective barrier to a spreading fire

Excellent Thermal Mass

  • Concrete walls and floors slow the passage of heat, reducing temperature swings
  • Studies have found that concrete walls reduce energy use in a typical home by more than 17%

Albedo Effect

  • The highly reflective qualities of concrete used in pavements and building walls means more light is reflected and less heat is absorbed, resulting in cooler temperatures

Relatively Low Emissions of CO2

  • CO2 emissions from concrete and cement production are relatively small compared to other building materials
  • Concrete is usually sold within 200-mile of a plant site. This saves significantly on transport emissions of CO2 that would otherwise occur

Energy Efficiency in Production

  • Producing concrete uses less energy than producing other comparable building materials


  • Compared to other comparable building materials like steel and wood, concrete is less costly to produce and remains extremely affordable


  • Concrete is used in buildings, bridges, dams, tunnels, sewerage systems pavements, runways and even roads

Here is how to work with concrete:


What would you construct out of concrete?

Which qualities of concrete do you find most intriguing?

If you were creating public seating, what material would you use?

10 Ways to Enjoy:

  1. Launch a boat.
  2. Enjoy the playground.
  3. Watch the tankers load/unload.
  4. See the longshoremen work on the wharf.
  5. Appreciate the working waterfront.
  6. Listen to Mariachi music.
  7. Have a picnic.
  8. Play musical chairs.
  9. Count how many faces are in Seaside Seating.
  10. Act like a dragon.

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More: Pepper Park is adjacent to the Pier 32 Marina and here is where you’ll find National City’s renowned wharf. The wharf is part of the thirty-four waterfront miles of the San Diego Bay and today this wharf, specifically, maintains the vision of National City founder Frank Kimball; mammoth vessels come here to offload cargo, mainly brand new automobiles from Japan and lumber from the Pacific Northwest.

The Sweetwater Channel on the left side of Pepper Park functions as a flood control channel and a navigational channel for recreational and cargo vessels.

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