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Attention is called to the increasing use of stainless steel in the world of the arts. This material has found employment in sculpture, mosaic murals, bas reliefs, plaques, mobiles, stabiles, painted murals, and collages. The most frequently used grades of stainless are AISI Types 302, 304, and 304L, and the mill forms generally employed include: sheet, strip, and plate; wire, rod, and bar shapes; expanded, patterned, and corrugated sheet; pipe and tubing; and castings of various kinds. Important among those features of stainless steel that make it attractive as a material for art forms are its color, luster, reflectivity, corrosion resistance, strength, toughness, hardness, and its resistance to denting, wear, and fatigue. The methods by which art forms are produced from stainless steel include hot forming, cold bending, brake forming, roll forming, spinning, shearing, punching, and drilling. Joining is accomplished by bolting or welding. The work usually is finished by grinding and polishing mechanically. It is clear that stainless steel has become well established as a material for contemporary art forms to the benefit of the artist, the stainless-steel producer, and the general public. Far greater artistic usage of stainless steel is to be expected in the future.
stainless steels, arts, architecture, sculpture, decorating
Hall, A. M.
Assistant Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus Laboratories, Columbus, Ohio