Vent surrounds and gates for a public art commission, galvanized steel
A housing development at Tabard square in London required four gates and three vent surrounds. These were massive sculptural pieces that needed a bespoke solution so that they could be installed with the minimum of disruption. Each work of art was made in sections so that it could be bolted together on site. We used stainless steel snap off security nuts so that they can not be taken apart. All the gaps were considered specifically so that the sculptures are safe in the public realm. Also the work had to be made so that it was difficult to climb.
The square was to be left open to the public in the day. These main gates were centrally pivoted and bolted to the concrete slab.
The gates were closed at night so that the housing development was gated.
The sculptural theme was inspired by the gaps between the buildings. The work is meant to feather out and shoot off into the sky.
None of the sculptures or gates could be fixed to the surrounding buildings. The gates were hung from massive posts that were bolted to the concrete slab under the ground work. The gates in the day were locked to the posts.
We spread out for this job there was so much steel everywhere!
Even the posts were sculpted to fit in with the theme. Note the crafted fins where the gates were locked back onto.
Keeping track of what fitted where with welded codes. The 25mm bases bolted to the slab.