Honors MTH and Others for Work on Cloud Gate Project
American Welding Society (AWS) plans to recognize Cloud Gate at
Millennium Park in Chicago and those associated with the project,
including Chicago-based MTH Industries, which provided fabrication
for the project and ultimately installed the sculpture, on November
12. The project has earned the group's Extraordinary Welding Award.
Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park is a 110-ton elliptical
sculpture composed of highly polished stainless steel plates welded
together, giving the appearance of being seamless. It is British
artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the
Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest
of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.
A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath
the sculpture, allowing visitors to touch its mirror-like surface
or see their reflected image.
Performance Structures Inc. in Oakland, Calif., provided the 168
metal plates for the project, and also will be honored, along with
others who participated in the project.
HERE for an in-depth profile of the project from the April 2007
issue of USGlass.
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