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Steel in Art

Steel in Art

Steel is a superbly malleable metal, and yet is one of the strongest in the world. As diverse and dynamic as it is, it is widely used even in the art world. We posted about the Chicago bean a few weeks ago, and how the structure is a huge tourist attraction. It is seen, touched, and photographed by millions every year, and still manages to weather the elements as well. (Pun intended)

In that same vein, we look at how steel can be molded and interpreted as an artistic medium. When an artist is looking to showcase it’s sheer tenacity in a minimalist design, they could possible do something along the lines of Eddie Robert’s sculpture, like the one depicted below. The flow of the metal, the way it has been molded to seem like an almost effortless arch. The smooth transition from a horizontal pattern to an elegant arch that hovers above it. Seemingly weightless.

And then we have the other end of the spectrum. The GAHR stainless steel coral. A large than life piece – it is intricate and uses a gradient rarely seen in this medium. The smallest details have been brought to life in it. One can almost believe that it truly is a live piece of a coral reef. The rough edges were achieved by treating the steel with a coarse papering to ensure it looks like the reefs that inspired the piece.

The one thing both these pieces have in common is the tenacious and completely multifaceted metal that some of us don’t even realize, impacts our life in the everyday. The dulled polish effect on Robert’s piece, vs the high sheen yet rough appearance of the GAHR scuplture is just a simple focal point in an illustration on how the metal can be molded to suit one’s purposes.

At Oasis Metal, we use the steel to showcase our diverse methods of providing our clients with what they most need. Depending on your individual requirements, we provide custom gratings, with specialised treatments to suit the environments in which they will be used. Whether as an outdoor staircase to highlight a beautiful back garden, or a sturdy frame for step ladders in your factory, we have what you will most need. Reliability. We treat our steel products to be weather proof in the case of your outdoor fixtures. We reinforce them for your warehouses and factories. Most of all, we make sure that you understand that our products are enabled to provide you with peace of mind.

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.