An up-and-coming artist has reached the final stages of a national sculpture competition after teaming up with Edward Howell Galvanizers Ltd.
The Wednesfield-based company, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, provided its specialist galvanizing service after a request for help from Wolverhampton sculptor Dawn van Gerven.
Following the design of a piece of artwork named ‘Spanish Dancers’, Dawn was chosen by the Broomhill Art and Sculpture Foundation to bring her idea to life as part of national competition aimed at emerging UK-based artists.
Having welded the structures herself at Wolverhampton University’s sculpture department, Dawn approached Edward Howell Galvanizers Ltd who undertook the process of galvanizing the steel used to construct the sculpture, which involved it being dipped in molton zinc at a temperature of 450°C.
Dawn, a Masters of Fine Art student from the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The galvanizing process has meant that my sculpture now has lifetime protection from environmental elements such as the weather, which is just fantastic. I am extremely grateful to the team at Edward Howell Galvanizers for their kind offer of help with this project. ”
Beating over fifty artists to become one of the ten finalists, Dawn’s work is now on display at the Broomhill Sculpture Park in Devon.
Jim Lindsay, Sales Manager at Edward Howell Galvanizers Ltd, commented: “We were delighted to be able to offer our support to Dawn and congratulate her on her fantastic achievements so far.
“As an organisation, we are always keen to assist where we can and are wholly committed to supporting our local communities and helping to nurture their emerging successes.”