Stainless steel is a popular material choice for outdoor sculptures. It is durable, not easy to rust, and can withstand the test of time. Therefore, many famous large metal monuments use stainless steel as raw materials. Next, I will introduce you to the 8 most famous stainless steel monuments in the world.
Unisphere is a giant stainless steel globe located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York, USA. At 140 feet tall and 120 feet in diameter, it is known as the largest globe in the world. In February 1961, Moses announced plans for the Great Globe and released a model of the proposed work the following year, resulting in the stainless steel sphere being built in 110 days. This stainless steel monument means “the achievements of mankind on the shrinking earth in the expanding universe” and also symbolizes world peace.
The Kelpies is a 30-metre-tall stainless steel horse head sculpture designed to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk council area of Scotland. Made from structural steel on the inside and clad in stainless steel on the outside, it stands 30 meters high and weighs 300 tonnes each. Construction began in June 2013 and was completed in October 2013. Designed to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk council area of Scotland.
The sculptor expressed this to celebrate the horse’s role in industry and agriculture and its obvious connection with the canal as a trailer. But what is interesting is that Kelpie is a shape-shifting elf spread in Celtic folklore. In Scottish legends, it often appears in the form of a horse by the lake, abducting or deceiving travelers.
People comment that Atomium is the most shocking building on earth. It is a symbol of mankind’s yearning for world peace in the shadow of destructive nuclear weapons at that time, and it is also mankind’s good wish for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The Atomium is about 120 meters high and consists of nine large spheres and shelves. It is a building that magnifies the iron molecule model 165 billion times.
With a stainless steel exterior, the Gateway Arch is the world’s tallest arched sculpture, a 630-foot-tall stainless steel monument in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Because the Mississippi River played a vital role in establishing St. Louis’ identity as the gateway to the West, it was thought that a monument to its memory should be built along the river. Often referred to as the “Gateway to the West,” the Arch has become a popular tourist destination.
Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoor that serves as the centerpiece of the Loop Community Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. Kapoor’s design was inspired by liquid mercury, with the stainless steel sculpture’s mirrored surface reflecting and distorting the city’s skyline.This large stainless steel sculpture does not have a single weld in its entirety, which poses a great challenge to the craftsmanship.
6.Sibelius Monument (Helsinki)
Sibelius Monument was designed and built in memory of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Weighing 24 tonnes and measuring 8.5 x 10.5 x 6.5 metres, the monument is composed of more than 600 hollow steel tubes welded together in a wave pattern, capturing the essence of Sibelius’ music.
7.Man of Steel
The stainless steel Man of Steel sculpture in Rotherham is a 32 meter tall sculpture. It depicts a male figure sitting on a massive 32-meter-high pedestal, symbolizing the large coal seams in the area. Thousands of individuals from around the world donated money to add their name to Ironheart to commemorate the birth of Iron Man.
8.Equestrian statue of Genghis Khan
The Equestrian statue of Genghis Khan is a 40-meter-tall equestrian statue and the tallest equestrian statue in the world. It is located on the banks of the Tuul River in Tsonjin Boldog, 54 kilometers (33.55 miles) east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. It was designed by sculptor D. Erdenebileg and architect J. Enkhjargal and completed in 2008.
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