Tag Archives: Steel Sculptures


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Location: Gateway Park, Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Sculpture by Jaume Plensa, stainless steel, 2007

Quoted from sculpture.net:
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 millenniumpark.org)


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Rafaga Unleashed

Originally uploaded by The Blue Quasar

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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Red Cube

Originally uploaded by teesha b

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

Sculptor: Isamu Noguchi, red painted steel, 1968

Quoted from blueofthesky.com:

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

Quoted from about.com:

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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Sólfar (Sun Voyager)

Sólfar – Sun Voyager, Reykjavik

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Location: waterfront north of Reykjavik’s City Center, Iceland;

Sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, steel.

“Sólfar is a massive steel creation made to resemble a Viking ship…
Standing by this sculpture during sunset, at any time of the year, is an unforgettable moment. It is probably the most photographed sculpture in Reykjavik.” —Geir Gudmundsson

For more beautiful pictures of this sculpture, click flickr pool, Sólfar: The Sun Voyager. Special thanks to Elizabeth Thomsen and all the ‘flickers’ for their amazing pics posted here:

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❤ This post is dedicated to my friend Vance who lives in Iceland. 🙂

Buscando La Luz IV (Looking for the Light)

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Location: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
Sculpture by Eduardo Chillida, steel, 2001(?)

“Spanish Basque sculptor…Chillida’s earliest sculptures concentrated on the human form (mostly torsos and busts); his later works tended to be more massive and more abstract, producing many monumental public works. Chillida himself tended to reject the label of “abstract”, preferring instead to call himself a “realist sculptor” (info source: wikipedia)

“The late Eduardo Chillida transports us to an almost forgotten innocence of vision. Consider this: you can just walk up to an artwork and feel the look of it. Given the contemporary art world’s cerebral self-consciousness, its obsession with image rather than substance, Chillida’s gigantic sculptures come at us like things from somewhere else. They take us back to that initial aesthetic and reflective thrill that made us aware why we liked art in the first place.” –Robert Clark (gaurdian.co.uk)

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