To celebrate our partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park and sculptor Brian Fell – and our passion for metal – we’ve taken a look at some of the best metal sculptures from around the globe. Here are our personal favourites.
One for the horse lovers. Standing at an impressive 30 metres high, these horses were created by sculptor Andy Scott, and are found just outside Falkirk in Scotland. Weighing in at over 300 tonnes, each sculpture is made up of thousands of individually crafted pieces of stainless steel. A fitting tribute to the role that horses played in the industry of the area.
The Knotted Gun
Created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, ‘Non-Violence’ (commonly known as ‘The Knotted Gun’) was donated to the United Nations in 1988 as a symbol of peace. There are at least 16 other similar sculptures dotted around the world, but for its significance, this is our favourite.
Angel of the North
Standing proud on the outskirts of Newcastle, the Angel of the North is both imposing and iconic. Designed by sculptor Anthony Gormley, this steel angel took four years to build and was inspired by three themes; to serve as a reminder to the coal miners who worked in the area; to mark the shift from an industrial age to an information age; and to act as a beacon of hope.
Sculpture Anish Kapoor likes to think big. Cloud Gate – often referred to as ‘The Bean’ given its shape – weighs 100 tonnes and is made up of 168 steel plates welded together. And because it’s highly-polished, it gives off a fascinating distorted reflection of the surroundings.
Visitors to Millennium Park in Chicago can also enjoy a complete view of the artwork, both from outside and underneath, thanks to a 3.7 metre high arch at the front of the sculpture.
Mercedez-Benz at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Every year, artist Gerry Judah is commissioned to create a car-themed sculpture to celebrate the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex, England. Our favourite piece from 2014 was sponsored by Mercedez-Benz and stood at 26 metres high and 90 metres long. This stunning 160 tonnes of flying cars and steel was a sight to behold.
This piece was created by our friend Brian Fell to commemorate and celebrate the manual workers who were employed at Cardiff docks. At two metres high, it now sits at the site where so many worked, and we like it for what it represents about the area and the people who built it.
If you have a phobia of spiders this isn’t the one for you. Created by Louise Bourgeois from steel and marble, Maman can be seen in all its 30ft high, 33ft wide glory at the Tate Modern in London. Take a walk around it – and underneath it – to appreciate the sheer scale of what can be created with a lot of metal and a little imagination.
It’s hard not to be moved by this tribute to the fallen soldiers of WWI. Created from steel by local artist Ray Lonsdale, this piece appeared on Seaham seafront in County Durham to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War. The solider is reflecting on the horrors he and others like him experienced in battle.
Found in the grand surrounding of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, Planet is a huge bronze and steel sculpture from artist Marc Quinn. Ten metres long and four metres high, and appearing to hover off the ground, the piece is a portrait of Quinn’s own seven-month old son.
The Unknown Official
One of our absolute favourites, simply because of its quirkiness. This sculpture is found in Reykjavik, Iceland, and celebrates the anonymous job of the bureaucrat. It was created by local artist Magnús Tómasson in 1994.