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Steel Shots: Sculptural Steel
Posted by Tom Klemens on June 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM.


AISC member Capone Iron Corporation, Rowley, Mass., recently donated this AISC Steel Sculpture to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. In addition to providing a close-up look at common connections, this rendition of the sculpture also displays a clear coating system. Click photo to see the other side. (Photos by Bill Pascoli)


The AISC Steel Sculpture was originally created by Duane Ellifritt, professor emeritus at the University of Florida, as a visual teaching aid. It shows a variety of steel members and 20 or more commonly used connections. The first AISC Steel Sculpture was erected in 1986 and snce then more than 130 of the sculptures have been installed on campuses across the country, many fabricated and donated by AISC member companies. For more information, visit the Faculty and Students section of the AISC website.


Of course, steel is frequently the designer’s material of choice for more subtle works of art, especially in public settings where strength in combination with clean lines is important. Sometimes the scale is massive, as in the graceful lines of a bridge arching across a canyon. In other cases, steel is the medium for expressing delicate beauty, as in this ornamental connection detail.


This summer, AISC invites its members to create their own small sculptures of steel to help celebrate SteelDay, which is September 23. There is no fee to enter the SteelDay Sculptures contest, and it is open to all AISC full and associate members.

For contest details, including information about the fabulous grand prize, click here, or go to


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