Working with steel is part of the repertoire of many artists today. Steel is a highly versatile material for sculpture and allows for very different looks, for example, a rust-brown patina or a high-gloss surface. The steel sculptures have their very own character and combine high weight and hardness with timeless elegance.

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Steel Figurines - Filigree Art Made of Solid Metal

For a long time, steel was used exclusively for industrial and architectural purposes. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that it was discovered for sculpture. Today, steel has established itself as a popular material for sculptures. Works of art made of steel are characterised by their simple elegance and somewhat archaic appearance. The fascination that emanates from figures made of steel arises not least from the tension between the robust and heavy material and the creative artistic shaping process. Steel is particularly often used for monumental sculptures in public spaces. However, smaller art objects can also be made of steel.

Steel - A Multifaceted and Versatile Metal

Steel is an alloy made up of iron and a small amount of carbon. As it is very resistant and heavy, working with steel requires not only creativity but also great artisanship and appropriate technical equipment from the artist. Steel can be processed in various ways. It can be melted and then cast into shape, or it can be heated and then bent or turned. It can be cold formed, for example, bent, rolled, stretched, or ground for fine work. After shaping, the steel objects are given an additional individual character with the finish. The artist can influence or design the appearance of the surface in various ways. On the one hand, it is possible to leave the material untreated. The environmental influences then cause corrosion, and the steel acquires a rust patina. This process can only be influenced to a limited extent so that every steel sculpture becomes a unique piece. On the other hand, the surface can be refined with technical or chemical processes. For example, steel can be polished, chromed, lacquered, powder-coated, copper-plated, patinated or gold-plated. Often the traces of the treatment process are still clearly visible on the sculptures - an effect that is usually intended by the artists. In addition, steel is often combined with other typical materials of sculpture, for example, wood, stone, bronze, or other metals.

Buy Steel Figurines at ars mundi

A wide variety of art objects can be made from steel. At ars mundi, you can buy both figurative and abstract steel sculptures. Nikolaus Weiler, C. Jeré, Thomas Röthel, BJ Keith, Hans Schüle and Sonja Edle von Hoeßle are among the artists who work with steel for their abstract sculptures. Among the artists who present representational figures made of steel in their portfolio are Stefan Szczesny, Jan M. Petersen, Thomas Otto, and Thomas Schönauer. Many objects in our range are handmade unique pieces by contemporary artists.