AWS Honors MTH and Others for Work on Cloud Gate Project

The 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 United States.

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.

CLICK HERE for an in-depth profile of the project from the April 2007 issue of USGlass.

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