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Steel Shot: Suitable for Climbing
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM.

IIT Steel Sculpture

IIT’s AISC Steel Sculpture, one of more than 100
across the country that demonstrate steel connections of all types.


Sometimes you go looking for things, and sometimes you just happen upon them.


Climb thumbFor example, earlier this spring, my 6-year-old daughter and I were on the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) campus for a standardized test, and when we walked out of the testing building (which featured plenty of exposed structural steel and was designed, as many of IIT’s buildings were, by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe) we noticed an AISC Steel Sculpture. There are more than 100 of these sculptures at colleges and universities across the country, and they serve as valuable teaching aids that illustrate the various methods of steel framing and their corresponding connections. The one at IIT is painted bright orangish-red, and my daughter made a bee line to it as soon as we spotted it. She’s obviously not a structural engineer and wasn’t too interested in the connections–but she did discover that it’s fun to climb.


To find out how to get a Steel Sculpture on your campus, you can email Maria Mnookin at Fabricators interested in building and donating a steel sculpture to a university should also contact Maria.


You can view photos of Steel Sculptures at Facebook and Flickr. And if you’re ever on a college campus and stumble upon (or specifically seek out) one of the Steel Sculptures, take a picture or two and feel free to submit them to AISC (


- Geoff Weisenberger, Senior Editor

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