Unlike steel and iron, which have been around for more than a thousand years, stainless steel is the new kid on the block in the world of metallurgy, having first been produced only 100 years ago. This may seem hard to believe, given how prominent it is in almost every facet of our lives. But this simply emphasizes what an important breakthrough stainless steel was. It has revolutionized almost every industry, from healthcare to catering equipment, to the automotive and construction industries, and of course to stainless steel sculpture art.
As with many major inventions, there is dispute over who invented it, but for our purposes we are going with a gentleman by the name of Harry Brearley from Sheffield, England. He called his new metal “rustless steel”, as that was what he was after. The date was June 4, 1912. Two months later, on August 20, 1912, stainless steel was cast for the first time.
The secret to the success of stainless steel lies in its incredible physical and chemical properties. It is highly corrosion and heat resistant. It is formable, weldable, durable, and as we now understand it does not rust. So of course, artists jumped on the stainless steel bandwagon.
The many benefits of Stainless Steel Sculpture Art
It’s only been in the last 50 years, that stainless steel sculpture art has become commonplace. For many sculptors it is their primary material. Artists just could not ignore all its benefits. It lends itself to large-scale work, but rewards hand detailing as well. It requires virtually no care to retain its dazzling finish. It is ideal for outdoor settings, where its brilliance is reflected by the sunlight. Bottom line- it behooves every sculptor, no matter their specialization to attain a basic familiarity with steel-working techniques. And it behooves every sculpture lover to come over to our Gallery and look at the many ways stainless steel sculpture art can be used and imagined. You will be delighted with what you see.
Call us now for an appointment on (0)3 9824 5555. If you have any questions about stainless steel sculpture art, our Sculptura® team are experts and would love to hear from you.
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