Glasgow-based Scottish Galvanizers Ltd has played a key role in the creation of the much-awaited 26 metre ‘Crouching Man’ sculpture, designed by the creator of the famous ‘Angel of the North’ sculpture, Antony Gormley.
The company, part of Wedge Group Galvanizing, carried out the galvanizing process of the entire 60 tonne, 26 metre structure, which is situated on a sea-defence barrier near the coastal town of Lelystad, approximately 30 miles from Amsterdam. The sculpture has been designed to look like an electricity pylon in the shape of a crouching man.
The structure is comprised of 547 complex steel nodes, each galvanized by Scottish Galvanizers Ltd in order to prevent rusting in the highly corrosive environment of salty sea air.
Paul Tait, Customer Service Manager at Scottish Galvanizers, said: “The design of the statue and the complex shapes involved made galvanizing the steelwork a unique project”. He explained that this was because “every piece of the structure is different”.
These galvanized intersections, carried out on behalf of Edinburgh-based fabrication specialists Had-Fab, were transported back to their headquarters for assembly, before being shipped over to the Netherlands and reassembled in Holland.
Paul Tait explained: “This new sculpture is going to have a huge impact now that it is finished, so we were delighted to be involved, especially as it was being constructed in Scotland”.
Scottish Galvanizers coated the thousands of small steel sections at its headquarters, the largest galvanizing plant in the country. Each galvanized node of this highly anticipated structure meets at particular ‘nodal points’ with the help of 14,284 bolts. Every individual node is necessary to make the sculpture structurally sound - if one is taken away, the structure would fall down.
This was a large, complex project for the Glasgow-based galvanizers, with the structure due to be formally unveiled on the 17th September. Paul Tait concluded: “We are very proud that Had-Fab placed its trust in us to carry out the galvanizing for this important international work of art”.