New Stainless Steel Sculptures
The versatility of stainless steel is well known, leading to the metal being used right across the full scope of industry for an infinite variety of different applications. As previously mentioned in several editions of the BS Stainless blog, the ubiquitous material is often chosen by artists, particularly those who wish to work on a large scale.
This edition of our blog showcases the work of two such artists, both of whom have created amazing sculptures using stainless steel.
After leaving his work in the ferry industry, Canadian artist Kevin Stone began working in the field of commercial stainless steel fabrication, in which he mostly created components for use in the food and dairy industries. In 2003, he created his first sculpture (a representation of a gargoyle measuring six feet in height) using stainless steel scrap.
Creating the gargoyle sculpture revealed his hitherto unknown artistic talent and Kevin has continued building on this for the past two decades, creating ever-larger and more ambitious sculptures using stainless steel. The latest sculpture to be unveiled is a lifelike bust of Elon Musk which, commissioned by a group of cryptocurrency enthusiasts, measures six feet in height and was delivered to Tesla's HQ on the 26th of November.
Currently in production is a sculpture of a dragon from the popular series of books and TV series 'Game of Thrones'. Expected to be completed in 2023, the dragon measures a massive 55ft in length and can even breathe fire thanks to an ingenious propane puffer system! Stainless steel, with its high resistance to heat, is the ideal material for this ambitious project.
After being severely delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, artist Sanaz Manzinani's 'Rolling Reflection' installation is finally in place outside the San Francisco Planning Building in the USA. The impressive installation comprises no less than 20 rocks, each of which features mirrored surfaces made from highly-polished stainless steel plate.
Described as 'a celebration of artistry and metal fabrication', the installation began with Sanaz collecting small volcanic rocks. These were then 3D-scanned, creating patterns that could then be used in the sandcasting process. After the rocks were cast, mirror-finish stainless steel plate was TIG-welded to their faces.
The finished rocks, which stand between three and eight feet in height to represent elevation changes in the San Francisco Bay area, were painted in different colours using automotive paint, with each colour representing what someone 'might see on a typical day along the San Francisco skyline.'
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