The team at Humber Galvanizing Ltd has helped protect the long-term future of a garden sculpture inspired by an iconic space at The Alnwick Gardens.
North Yorkshire-based Artist Blacksmith, Katie Ventress, was commissioned to produce a private sculpture inspired by the landmark’s Poison Garden, which includes around 100 toxic, intoxicating, and narcotic plants, and an iconic entrance sign featuring skull and crossbones.
Katie took inspiration from the Garden’s “these plants may kill” entrance sign and created her sculpture which includes Victorian lettering to mimic old-fashioned poison bottle labels, and climbing ivy leaves, 3D skull and crossbones, and a larger-than-life spider and web in reference to the ‘False Widow’ spider.
Once fabricated, Katie then sent the piece to the team at Humber Galvanizing to be hot dipped in its large molten zinc bath, a process which coats metal and protects it from corrosion. The molten zinc treatment also results in a bright silver finish, which Katie then acid-etched to create striking highlights and rustic effects.
Katie explained: “Having visited the brilliant Poison Garden at Alnwick myself, I already felt inspired to make something for my customer’s garden that was completely unique to them but drew on inspiration from the iconic Poison Garden’s entrance.
“I’d never made a spider or human skull before and am typically drawn to the ‘darker’ subjects, so I was very excited to get stuck in and do something new! Galvanizing was hugely important in order to protect the outdoor piece from the elements, and the team at Humber Galvanizing did a great job as always. After all, if the sign doesn’t last for long, how will people know that the plants will kill?”
According to Katie, the finish also provides her with a unique base from which to acid-etch. “I use Humber Galvanizing regularly both for long-term protection and for the design, as the silver finish allows me to create darker shading and accentuate specific details.
“Once this process as done, I then polished the lettering and cobweb to make them stand out. I’m very pleased with the finished result and am thrilled to see it in pride of place in my customer’s garden."
Tony Linsley, Sales Manager at Humber Galvanizing, added: “Katie always brings us fantastic sculptures to galvanize and it’s always an exciting moment when they are brought out fully coated from the galvanizing bath. This was certainly an eye-catching piece and we’re pleased that it’s been protected for the customer to enjoy for many years to come.”