Humber Galvanizing's ongoing partnership with a renowned architectural blacksmith has seen it lend a helping hand in the creation of a giant new Viking statue.
The Hull-based plant has teamed up with Godbold Blacksmiths Ltd to help produce ‘Orme’, a three-metre tall Viking figurine, which has been installed in Ormesby Beck, Middlesbrough.
The imposing sculpture, which was designed by local children from Berwick Hills Primary School and named after the old Viking name for the region, took just four weeks to fabricate and was unveiled as part of the Ormesby Beck Landscaping Project, a scheme commissioned using a Community Spaces grant from Groundwork North East.
Over the past seven years, Humber Galvanizing has helped Godbold Blacksmiths Ltd create well over 50 projects, teaming up on diverse initiatives such as bespoke steel sculptures, elaborate staircases, and even public gates and railings.
Tony Linsley, Commercial Manager of Humber Galvanizing, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed this latest project in our valued partnership with Godbold Blacksmiths, who as always have come up with an eye-catching piece of artwork that we’re sure will be enjoyed by generations to come.
“As part of creating the statue, Orme the Viking was literally given a baptism of fire, as he was hot dip galvanized in molten zinc heated to temperatures of up to 450oC, which will protect him from rust and corrosion for decades to come.”
James Godbold, proprietor of Whitby-based Godbold Blacksmiths Ltd, said: “It’s always a pleasure to work with Humber Galvanizing, who yet again provided a really quick turnaround and a highly professional finish to the steelwork. I look forward to continuing our partnership with more iconic projects like Orme the Viking in the future.”