Category Archives: Steel Sculptures


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Location: Gateway Park, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Sculpture by Jaume Plensa, stainless steel, 2007

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Venture capitalist and philanthropist John Pappajohn has purchased a 25-foot-tall sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa as the signature piece for the sculpture garden Pappajohn wants to create in Des Moines’ downtown Gateway Park.

The piece, titled “Nomade,” is being shipped to Iowa from Florida, where it appeared…in Art Basel Miami Beach, an international art show… The sculpture is made of randomly arranged stainless steel letters that are painted white and welded in the shape of a person sitting with knees drawn up to the chest with arms around the knees. The artist has said the shape was based on a position that his son sometimes assumes.

“It will be so interactive with people,” said City Councilwoman Chris Hensley. “You can go in and walk around inside the sculpture and sit inside it. The lighting will make it spectacular at night.”

Nomade is lighted from the ground inside the sculpture…causing the inside of the letters to reflect the white enamel paint and the outside to take on a ghostly, dark presence.

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Cloud Gate

The Cloud Gate

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Location: center of AT&T Plaza, Millennium Park, Chicago, USA

Artist: Anish Kapoor, stainless steel, 2004-06

Inspired by liquid mercury, the 110-ton elliptical sculpture is affectionately called “The Bean” by the locals. It is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.  According to Kappor, “What I wanted to do… is make something that would engage the Chicago skyline…so that one will see the clouds kind of floating in, with those very tall buildings reflected in the work. And then, since it is in the form of a gate, the participant, the viewer, will be able to enter into this very deep chamber that does, in a way, the same thing to one’s reflection as the exterior of the piece is doing to the reflection of the city around.” (From


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Location: shot taken in Yamashita Park, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan for the Yokohama Triennale 2005

Sculpture by Luc Deleu, metal containers, 1999

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Belgian architect/artist Luc Deleu’s motivation of wanting to erect (a) ‘container monument’, certainly amidst a sculpture park, is to jolt our perception of scale, or at least to render it more unstable… Being able… to walk around and between these pieces, we can experience them in a refreshing relationship with each other, the park and the wider environment. On the other hand, their inherent scale will provide an architectonic metaphor between the pieces of the collection in the artificial and new nature of the expansion.

The container installations may be described as mobile monuments, where both the theme and the material are universal, and thus applicable everywhere (‘orban’ monuments)…


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Rafaga Unleashed

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Location: Pier 8, Waterfront, Hamilton, Canada

Design Team: Veronica de Nogales Leprevost and Edwin Dam, bronze and stainless steel, 2004

The design team for this sculpture also included designers from Kubes Steel Ltd. headed by company president, Joe Kubes. Quoted from an article “Nerves of Steel:One stunning example in (Kubes’) company portfolio is the Hamilton Waterfront sculpture known as “Ráfaga – Unleashed”, an installation erected by Veronica and Edwin Dam de Nogales this past year, located at Pier 8 alongside the Canada Marine Discovery Centre. Kubes describes the sculpture as “a 60-foot sail made of stainless steel,” but it is also a testament to the talent of his team and their ability to blend grace, strength and design perfection. Because no welding was allowed at the pier, the huge steel abstract was created in three parts at the plant, and machined to fit together perfectly once on-site. The resulting sculpture looks as if it’s about to take flight — and Kubes remains tight-lipped about the process, saying only, “a little bending can make a lot of difference.”


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Shoal Fly By

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Location: Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Melbourne, Australia

Sculpture by the design team: Michael Bellemo, Cat Macleod and SIAL Team of RMIT University; steel metal tubing; 2007(?)

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Inspired by a flying shoal of fish, fishnets, fish scales, fishing lures and rippling water, ‘Shoal Fly By’ explores the many ways people have engaged with water throughout Docklands’ history. Admire how the sculpture twists from the ground, and casts dappling shadows across the promenade…

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The artwork consists of four separate sculptures which depict the form and movement of surfaces in water and are to be constructed from stainless steel metal tubing… SIAL researchers and summer students worked with the artists to develop a digital design process, beginning with translating the physical to the digital using SIAL’s laser scanning measurement techniques… To continue reading, click here.


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Red Cube

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Location: In front of 140 Broadway, between Liberty and Cedar Streets, New York City, USA

Sculptor: Isamu Noguchi, red painted steel, 1968

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The bright red painted steel of Isamu Noguchi’s Red Cube stands out in strong contrast to the blacks, browns, and whites of the buildings and sidewalks around the sculpture. (It is) surrounded on three sides by skyscrapers, the height of which draw a viewer’s eye upwards. The sculpture itself adds to this upward pull, as it balances on one corner, the opposite corner reaching towards the sky. Despite its title, the sculpture is not actually a cube, but instead seems as though it has been stretched along its vertical axis… Through the center of the cube there is a cylindrical hole, revealing an inner surface of gray with evenly-spaced lines moving from one opening of the hole to the other. Looking through this hole, the viewer’s gaze is directed towards the building behind, tying the sculpture and the architecture together.


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Typewriter Eraser, Scale X


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Location: Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, Washington, USA

Sculpture by: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, stainless steel and resin painted with acrylic urethane, 1998-1999

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Oldenburg and van Bruggen are known for their large-scale outdoor sculptures of popular commercial objects (e.g. large trowel in the Netherlands, a huge flashlight on the UNLV campus, giant binoculars in Venice, California)… Typewriter Eraser, Scale X is less identifiable because computer’s have made the object obsolete. This sculpture, formerly at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. looks kind of like a pizza cutter, or maybe a guitar.  The large wheel is the actual eraser portion, typically 2 inches in diameter and an eighth of an inch thick. The blue “hair” above is a brush meant to clear away paper dust and eraser crumbs.


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