Raising the Bar with Stainless Steel
The initial idea for the 1958 World Fair in Brusselswas to build an upside-down version of the EiffelTower. As we can see, this was one of those suggestions that, while fun to imagine, is ultimately chucked in the wastebasket. It wasn’t until a man named André Waterkeyn came along that this city met its match; Waterkeyn, a Belgian engineer, brought up the interesting idea of an atomic-shaped structure, feeling that such would be symbolic of the scientifically advancing time. Apparently this struck a cord and not only made it in through the gates, but reflective, enormous monument made in the name of science, art and the city of Brussels was grandly titled “The Atomium” and continues to be regarded with respect and admiration to this day. The Atomium is 335 feet tall and includes nine steel bars connected to a unifying center, managed to make an eventual and permanent home for itself in the city of Belgium; a giant, highly-reflective crystal in the city’s center. To say the Atomium is an interesting, albeit overwhelming mark of modern sculpture and design would be an understatement. And to say that it would be as an impressive piece of work if stainless steel and stainless steel bars were not used in its design is, in my humble opinion, overlooking this metal alloy’s unique talents.
One of many advantages in using stainless steel bars is their resistance to wear-and-tear and strength. They are also entirely recyclable– an attractive quality to today’s ever-growing environmentally conscience consumers. Stainless steel bars, in relation to other forms of stainless steel, provide accessible consumerism because of their easily produced, regulated and transportable shape. In addition to World Fair quality art, stainless steel bars can be found in sinks, building materials, metal structures, hospital equipment, gratings and a surplus of coveted kitchen appliances. The industries that generally use stainless steel bars are those of telecommunications, aerospace, construction, masonry, marine, automotive, electronics, medical and petrochemical.