Ladle of Steel, Middlesbrough


This was the second of a number of gateway features installed in Redcar and Cleveland at the entrance to a new industrial estate development.

Each feature was designed to reflect the industrial heritage of the area with the steel making industry being the focus of this installation.

The feature itself depicts a steel ladle pouring steel into a mould, the ladle itself is a genuine ladle recovered from a local foundry. With clever use of the steel work depicting the poured steel the sculpture appears to float in the air.

The lighting brings the sculpture to life at night. With the highly innovative use of LED on the scheme this allows at the onset of night a floating sensation of the ladle and it is fair to say the artwork is best viewed at nightfall.

The scheme also included the illimination of the gateway walls.

The lighting scheme was commended as part of the Redcar and Cleveland Design Awards.