Five Remarkable Ways Steel Has Been Used In Art

Like true renegades, the following artists have gone beyond the standards of steel building design and found extraordinary ways to express their artistic spirit. Read on to discover some amazing works of art.

1. Shadow Art, By Larry Kagan

steel art, lucky strike by larry kagan

Larry Kagan, a long-standing professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institue in Troy, NY, created his own brand of Shadow Art that shifts the viewer’s eyes away from his steel sculptures and focuses their attention towards their shadows instead.


2. Cloud Gate, By Anish Kapoor

steel art, cloud gate by anish kapoor

Anyone who has lived in or traveled through Chicago, Illinois has likely heard of this massive sculpture, better known as “The Bean” by locals. This modern work of art was created using 110 tons of finely polished stainless steel plates, giving it a renowned reflection of the famous city’s skyline. Anish Kapoor’s sculpture has anchored itself within Millennium Park, drawning visitors from all over the world to view their image in a multitude of perspectives and to walk through the 12-foot-high arch, known as its “gate”.

The artist’s vision was inspired by the natural appearance of Mercury when left in the open.


3. Balloon Dog, By Jeff Koons

steel art, balloon dog by jeff koons

Artist, Jeff Koons, is known for a wide array of art ranging from high chromium stainless steel structures such as the balloon dog seen above all the way to glasswork and canvas oil paintings. He has also created enormous, topiary-like structures with live flowering plants and internal irrigation systems, with a structural framework of stainless steel.


4. Splash of Wonder, By Johnson Tsang

steel art, splash of wonder by Johnson Tsang

Artist, Johnson Tsang, has created a series of sculptures that feature abstract human faces, molded out of steel that appears as if it’s being splashed out of common glassware onto the floor.


5. The Singing Ringing Tree, By Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu

steel art, the singing ringing tree by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu

Created by two architects, Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu, the Singing Ringing Tree in Lancashire, England can indeed sing. It was built from galvanized steel and is powered by wind to produce a hauntingly eerie choral tone covering a range of several octaves. It’s only a single sculpture in a four part series within the Panopticons arts and regeneration project created by the East Lancashire Environmental Arts Network (ELEAN).


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