Can art be protected? In an environment which is constantly changing is there a reason to create long-lasting art pieces?
Melbourne born artist Damian Vick proves art can be built in a sustainable manner. Damian Vick has created an intricate vivid sculpture named The Moment, which purpose is to adorn an apartment building in Melbourne’s premier arts district.
Due to the external placement of the sculpture a special coating has been selected in order to avoid corrosion and in due course destruction. The sculpture benefits from a hot dip galvanizing HDG-based duplex system which in that case ensures design preservation. Moreover, applying HDG finish proves to be cost effective. The duplex system for this sculpture, consisting of a base hot dip galvanized layer and two top coats, cost around one-fifth of a three coat paint system to provide equivalent protection. The precise process of crafting the sculpture results in an outstanding artistic finish.
The outcome is a prominent hot dip galvanized and painted piece 7 meters in diameter and 2.4 meters deep, permanently installed 5 meters above ground. Primarily created from 3mm mild steel and mounted on an angle frame, the installation weighs three tones.
The Moment is considered to be the most noteworthy work of Mr. Vick’s up till now. Hence, he was obliged to guarantee the great longevity of both the structure and the finish.
The design of the sculpture is rather elaborate which compels the artist to construct it from 49 single sections while each piece is being hot deep galvanized. The purpose of hot dip galvanized coating under the aesthetic paint is to ensure is that steel substrate will not corrode and stain the work with unpleasant rust staining.
Innovation processes in the creative industry matter. The Moment is an example of how durability can be obtained in a sustainable way while not compromising the aesthetic value of the sculpture.
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Elitsa St.//SMC Editor
Credits: spec-net.com.au, facebook.com/Damian-Vick/