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Barnshaws creates ‘liquid’ metal curves for Corby heritage sculpture

15/03/2017 13:55:32
 
 
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A new steel sculpture to celebrate the heritage of Corby has been fabricated and precision curved by metal bending experts, Barnshaws Section Benders. The ‘Sundew Sculpture’ designed by renowned artist John Atkin, was opened on the 20th January 2017 outside Corby train station, with it’s geometric complexity paying homage to Corby’s steel industry and the town’s passion for music.

The Sundew Sculpture was selected from a shortlist of three potential designs via a public vote, and now takes pride of place welcoming commuters to Corby. It shares its moniker with the Sundew dragline excavator, which operated as part of industry in Corby until 1974. The mix of geometry displayed in the five metre high sculpture aims to reflect the transition of liquid metal into its solid state. Local music groups were also consulted regarding the design, which enables the piece to strike a chord between the flowing of music and metal. Due to the incredibly challenging design of the artwork, main contractors Interkey Fabrications contacted Barnshaws to help realise the project.

While more famous for involvement in large infrastructure projects, Barnshaws also gathers great experience in the fabrication of custom artwork. The Tividale based company has been involved in the fabrication of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Spiral Sculpture in Windsor, Spitfire Island in Castle Bromwich and the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London Olympic Park. Barnshaws prides itself on its range of equipment and quality of work – which allows the company to tackle highly complex fabrication and bending challenges of almost any scale.

The sections required were mostly hollow-type box sections, with dimensions including 150 mm x 100 mm, 120 mm x 80 mm, 200 mm x 100 mm and 160 mm x 80 mm. While not large sections, the range in size, variations in required bending axis and the resulting complexity of the sculpture demanded a highly technical approach.

Various methods were utilised to achieve the desired liquid to solid aesthetic. Some sections were induction bent; others were filled with a low melting point alloy to preserve the section’s internal profile during curving; while a number of associated flat bars were also rolled. Working with the steel, which was sourced from Corby, presented Barnshaws with the additional challenge of preserving the surface finish.

Greg North, Commercial Director at Barnshaws elaborated: “Very few companies in Europe would be able to produce a product requiring this level of bending skill. Despite the various approaches we had to take to achieve the desired aesthetic, our range of equipment, capacity and expert engineers meant we could complete the work entirely in-house. For a sculpture that is to mark the cultural and industrial heritage of a community, it was of the utmost importance we delivered the project to the best of our ability. We hope that residents and visitors to Corby enjoy the Sundew for many years to come.”

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Picture 1: Various methods were utilised to achieve the desired liquid to solid aesthetic. Some sections were induction bent; others were filled with a low melting point alloy to preserve the section’s internal profile during curving; while a number of associated flat bars were also rolled.

Picture 2: The Sundew Sculpture was selected from a shortlist of three potential designs via a public vote, and now takes pride of place welcoming commuters to Corby.

About Barnshaws

Established in 1969, Barnshaws has grown to become the world’s premier specialist profile bending company; supplying market sectors such as construction, power generation, mining, transport and general manufacturing with shaped beams, tubes, plate and other profile section materials. More recent developments have seen the company’s engineering expertise expand from mostly steel to non-ferrous materials including copper and aluminium as well as specialist materials such as Hardox.

Barnshaws has ISO 9001- 2008 approval and was Europe’s first bending company to achieve CE Marking of curved sections to Execution class 4, the highest standard available.

With facilities in the West Midlands, Manchester, Hamilton and Poland, Barnshaws can provide precision metal bending and profile cutting services, locally, nationally and internationally.

Equipped with the largest capacity bending machines in the world, Barnshaws can deliver curved sections up to 35 meters in length with the capacity to bend tubes and pipes up to 1,524mm outside diameter. In addition, the largest range of press brakes in the UK can accommodate materials up to 12 meters in length and form sections from materials with up to 80mm thickness.

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Editor Contact

DMA Europa : Alan Hatch
Tel: +44 (0)1562 751436 Fax: +44 (0)1562 748315
Web: www.dmaeuropa.com
Email: alan@dmaeuropa.com

Company Contact

Barnshaws Steel Bending Group : Matthew Pritchard
Tel: 0121 557 8261 Fax:
Web: www.barnshaws.com
Email: matthew.pritchard@barnshaws.com

 
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