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Clouds of Steel – Metal in Artwork and Industry

Clouds of Steel – Metal in Artwork and Industry

The words Stainless Steel immediately conjures up images of large, impersonal structures like construction sites or the equipment used at them. But steel itself is a versatile, and highly useful metal. We’ve seen it’s unbeatable tensile strength in the many industrial projects we’ve used it in, and we’ve seen it used in artwork or other instances we might not have considered at first.

The “Cloud Gate” sculpture in the Millennium Park in Chicago is the first public outdoor work installed in the US by artist Anish Kapoor. The 110 ten elliptical sculpture is also called the ‘Chicago Bean’ and reflects the city’s famous skyline, and the clouds above. Made of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, the piece is evocative of absolute awe when one sees it for the first time.

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The 12 foot high ‘gate’ is a concave chamber underneath it, which allows visitors to get up close and personal with the artwork, and adds a fun element to what could have been just an imposing sight. Visitors can touch the steel and view themselves in different angles, distorting their reflections in strange and funny ways. Inspired by the appearance of liquid mercury, and standing at a height of 33 feet with a length of 66 feet, the structure is among the largest of its kind in the world.

At Oasis Metals, we believe that not everything has to be forced into one single mold. For example while steel gratings seem to have applications restricted to the industrial and construction spaces, they are also easily used by artists or entrepreneurs who have the vision to look outside the box. While gratings are most commonly used in the staircases, covers or other items used in construction, they can also be customised and used in smaller projects like DIY home fixes or refurbishments. Specially treated gratings can be installed for a more solid, safe approach to a treehouse. A child’s playhouse can be reinforced and stabilised with the handrails and ladders we manufacture.

On the other hand, your factory will benefit from the reliability of our stairways and scaffolding, while your mind is at peace because of our reputation for being safety conscious. The quality of our work is judged by the trust our clients place in us because of their own past experiences. They return time and again, because of our penchant for finding what they need, and then meeting and exceeding those expectations.

The possible combinations and permutations for the different gratings we manufacture is highly varied, and gives room for multiple different personalizations. Like with artists, we take the time to stand back and look at the bigger picture. If there is a combination of gratings or orders that would work better for a client, we make sure to research it, and then suggest it to them, backed up with hard data, and clear cut examples of it. Like the Cloud Gate in Chicago, we reflect what we are shown, and change the reflections based on how best it would work in the given situation.

Top 5 steel structures in the world

Top 5 steel structures in the world

Since the 20th-century, steel has been utilized to a great extent in the construction industry. Steel has become one of the most used building materials around the world. The characteristics that make it an ideal material for the construction of tall structures are its strength, durability and the ease with which it could be fabricated and even buildings that are constructed with concrete are reinforced with steel. Steel structures last for centuries and it is the durability of steel that encourages industrialists to construct warehouses and other facilities with steel.  Some of the most famous structures in the world are constructed with steel and they stand as evidence of the high strength and durability of the metal. Some of the most famous steel structures around the world are:

The Eiffel Tower: one of the most famous steel structures in the world that was constructed and 1889. This steel structure is not only the most recognizable steel structure but has stood as a symbol of the nation of France and has been used by the French for communication and has lasted for over 120 years.

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Burj Khalifa: The world’s tallest building that stands at a height of 829.8 meters also stands as an example of eco-friendly steel architecture. The bundled tube design of the Burj Khalifa is an innovation of the 21st century and the building has only consumed half the amount of steel used for the construction of the Empire State Building in the USA. Steel was not only used for the construction of the structure but also for various other purposes such as floor drains and so on. There are about 3500 stainless steel shaped gratings that were used in the interiors of the Burj Khalifa.

The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower at a height of 828 metres (2,717 feet), stands in Dubai March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SOCIETY CITYSPACE) - RTR2YV3I

Empire State Building: Constructed in the year 1931, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world for 40 years until the World Trade Center was constructed in 1971.  This is another edifice that was constructed with a steel frame structure.

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The Chrysler Building: This skyscraper is constructed with a steel frame that supports stainless steel cladding. A stainless steel cladding is one of the materials that offer the best insulation.

Willis Tower: Willis Tower is another steel structure which is currently the tallest building in the United States. The building is constructed with a bundled cube structure which supports the steel frame of the building.

The tallest structures in the world have been constructed with steel because of the strength, durability, and resilience of the metal and besides, buildings that are ornamental steel is also used for the construction of industrial facilities.

Why Install Steel Stair Treads

Why Install Steel Stair Treads

Steel Gratings are of immense use when it comes to floor applications. There are umpteen applications in which metal gratings are required. When used in floor application gratings provide the ventilation, proper drainage and slip resistant floors. Steel gratings are also used as stair treads and these characteristics of steel gratings make them an ideal material to be used as stair treads.

Here are some of the benefits of installing steel stair treads:

Durability: Steel stairs are durable and are built to last, and also have a high weight bearing capacity when compared to wood or other materials that are used for the manufacture of stairs. They are also ideal for outdoor applications because the climate has little or no effect on the metal. Galvanized steel is anti-corrosive and is resistant to rust.sst

No additional maintenance required: When steel stair treads are installed they do not require additional staining, varnishing or sealing and because they are resistant to changes in the temperature they will not warp or bend. This makes them ideal for both industrial and domestic applications.

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Unique Designs: Steel gratings could be used to create unique designs and add to the aesthetic appeal of a building. They could be installed in curving stairs or other ornately designed staircases. Steel is a highly flexible metal and can be fabricated to almost any specification.

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Cost-effective installation and maintenance: Steel gratings are fabricated and are available with the required fixing clips. If anyone is looking for an easy DIY project installing your steel stair treads could be one of them. The strength that steel stair treads provide makes them ideal for industrial applications because they are an economical and last for decades. When it comes to regular maintenance steel stair treads require little or no maintenance. Structural components of the stairs do not need to be replaced and they do not need to be painted. They are a great long term investment.