'Nude Descending Stairs with Bird'
'Dark Continent' - stainless steel
'Shogun' - stainless steel
'Sails' - stainless steel
'Neptune's Canopy' - stainless steel
'In Memory' - weathering steel
Steel usually connotes weight and mass. When I think of Calder's steel 'stabiles' I think of a soaring mass of steel, firmly rooted in the ground.
That we can also use steel as fine, floating elements in a sculpture speaks of steel's delightful versatility.
The steel that I most commonly use is stainless steel.
I use stainless is for its appearance and its resistance to oxidation, or 'rust'. I design work around its ability to reflect light and images.
I use polished or linished finishes depending upon the effect I want for a piece.
The surfaces can also be grit blasted and electropolished to introduce different textures and increase the stainless' resistance to 'tea staining' oxidation.
In 'Dark Continent' I've used a baked, powdercoat finish. The square, black suface sucks light in and forms a counterpoint to the sinuous curve that emits a red glow.
The other steel that I like to use is Bluescope 'weathering steel' - because it does rust.
The surface of this type of steel oxidises, forming a skin that slows further oxidation.
It oxidises to a beautiful patina of rich reds and oranges. Once the desired depth of colour is reached, I seal the panel with oil.
At the lower left you can see an example of this steel.
Another example is where I have used the weathering steel to create the sculpture, Cross.