Geobond - History of Geobond
Generally it's believed that a person cannot be both a scientist and an artist; the two subjects are just too different! However, for artist and inventor Patricia Billings, this is not the case. In 1997 she created Geobond, a groundbreaking building material that is practically indestructible!
A sculptor by trade, Patricia had become overwhelmingly frustrated by building a creation for months, and then having it accidently bumped and shatter. It took eight years of experimenting in her basement, but eventually she created Geobond out of concrete and gypsum. Although its first use was to prevent the cracks and shattering of a sculpture, Patricia eventually discovered the material was heat resistant as well, withstanding temperatures over 6,500 degrees! This made it an ideal building material.
After patenting her creation, Patricia was extremely hesitant to reveal her formula, which still remains a secret today. However, she did begin immediately selling the Geobond plaster as an alternative to the building material asbestos. Used in construction for its heat resistant, strong, and insulating characteristics, asbestos has been shown to cause cancer. Geobond, on the other hand, was discovered to also be strong, fire-resistant, and virtually indestructible, in addition to being non-toxic. Immediately Geobond became a huge hit within the building and industrial sectors.
Today, Patricia's Geobond creation is still the main building plaster available in the United States. In her early 80s, she remained at the top of her company, advocating for the use of ethical business and building practices. However, as her passion was always fueled by art, she continues to develop and market other Geobond creations, like CraftCote, for specific artistic uses.
Geobond has greatly advanced the options available for building high quality, strong buildings in addition to reducing the use of the carcinogen asbestos in new construction sites. Patricia, though and artist, was also a scientist and successful ly combined both fields to generate the extremely useful, and durable Geobond of today.