How has steel helped beautify the world around us ?
From time immemorial, steel has been an embodiment of strength, quality, and longevity. It’s been e , along with granting strength and durability to these structures, steel has also been a popular choice in the formation of sculptures and art pieces and has worked towards beautifying the world around us. Read on to know the usage of steel in art.
1. Chicago Picasso
Designed by Pablo Picasso, the Cubist sculpture Chicago Picasso has become an eminent landmark and is often cited as the first major public artwork in Downtown Chicago. Weighing 147 tonnes and having a height of 15.2m, the structure was completed on 15th August, 1967. Chicago Picasso was constructed by employing the COR-TEN steel and has stood the test of time. It is immensely popular even today and witnesses a great number of visitors appreciating its grandeur.
Created by the celebrated American artist Alexander Calder, Flamingo, in its Calder red stands tall amidst Federal Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture is 16m tall and Alexander made use of the stabile art form to design this piece of art. 50 tonnes of steel were employed in the construction of the Flamingo and it came into being in 1974. Even today the steel structure looks spanking new and all the credit goes to the unparalleled strength and durability of steel.
3. Cloud Gate
The Cloud Gate is a work of art and reflects a twisted version of the city’s skyline. It stands 10m by 20m by 13m into the air at Millennium Park (which is the most visited site in midwest) in Chicago, Illinois. The man behind the design of this marvelous creation is Anish Kapoor. Nicknamed as “The Bean” owing to its shape, the structure utilized 168 stainless steel plates that were welded together. Astonishingly, Cloud Gate doesn’t feature any seams and has highly polished exteriors. Unveiled in 2006, the modern steel structure adds to the beauty of the city.
4. Howrah Bridge
Although, not a piece of art by definition, this steel wonder has slowly evolved into one. Constructed with an intention to link the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata, the bridge today has become a popular landmark and a tourist attraction. The bridge easily carries 100,000 vehicles and 150,000 pedestrians daily. The construction of the structure required a whopping 26,500 tons of steel. What’s more impressive is that the bridge does not contain any nuts or bolts but was made by fastening the whole structure. Built in 1942, the bridge stands strong even today and the same showcases the toughness and durability of steel.
5. Antony Gormley’s “The Angel of the North”
The Angel of the North, an enormous statue standing with wings spread out nestles in Gateshead, England and is a sight to behold. Standing 20 meters tall with wings measuring 54 meters across, the statue was created using COR-TEN steel and was completed in 1998. Encompassing the steel strength, the structure retains the same durability even after 22 years of its construction.