For years steel suppliers have been used by artists to create incredible installations across the globe. Steel and titanium suppliers are often favoured as the materials they produce are easy to use and durable. Here we showcase four of the best stainless steel sculptures from around the World and their creators.
Cloud Gate, Chicago
This sculpture was created by Anish Kapoor and is displayed in Millennium Park, Chicago. The installation is often referred to as ‘The Bean’ due to its shape, which was inspired by the movement of liquid mercury. It was created by welding together 168 stainless steel plates from steel suppliers. One of the most amazing aspects is that it has no visible seams.
In total, Cloud Gate measures 10m x 20m x 13m and weighs 100 tonnes. The highly polished surface reflects and distorts the cityscape image and is a magnet for locals and tourists alike. Part of the sculpture is its 3.7m high arch, enabling visitors to have a complete view of the artwork, both from outside and underneath.
The Vault, Melbourne
This piece of work by Ron Robertson-Swann has been highly criticised throughout its history. Originally commissioned for Melbourne City Square, it is now on display at the city’s Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. The minimalist structure was constructed from sheets of prefabricated steel that were painted yellow. The geometric shapes were positioned to create the effect of movement. The colour and the amount of criticism it attracted earned it the nickname ‘The Yellow Peril’.
The Sun Voyager
|Photo by Ian Parker|
The local name for this Icelandic sculpture is Sólfarið. It was designed by Jan Gunnar Arnason in 1971 and is positioned on the waterfront in Reykjavik. The stainless steel installation was designed to resemble a Viking ship pointing in the direction of the sea and pays homage to the first Nordic arrivals to the country. The Sun Voyager is 9m long and 4m wide.
Jeff Koons is well known for his stainless steel sculptures, which are built to look like balloon animals. One of the most famous of these is Balloon Dog. He created a number of these sculptures between 1994 and 2000, which have been painted in different colours. The stainless steel sculptures are over 3m tall and have a mirror finish. Koons’s creations have been displayed across the globe with the help of steel and titanium suppliers such as Dynamic Metals. One of the largest he has ever designed is a balloon flower.