Sheffield steels the show

steelram'Steel artist Wolfgang Buttress (left)
steelram'Steel artist Wolfgang Buttress (left)
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SHEFFIELD steel is being used to create towering artwoks around the world, from the UK to as far afield as Australia.

Tinsley steelworks Outo Kumpo is providing the raw materials for Wolfgang Buttress to transform into giant creations, one of which already graces the skyline of Belfast, while a second is on its way down under to Brisbane.

Wolfgang, aged 46, has just finished work on the sculpture for Australia, called Venus Rising.

He said: “It’s 23 metres tall and is en route to Brisbane by sea. The installation will be in January 2012 with the opening on January 26.

“The title Venus Rising refers to the name Morning Star and the sculpture acts as a portal between sea and sky.”

Wolfgang, based in Nottingham, has also created a circular sculpture called Rise, for Belfast, after winning an international contest – also made with Outo Kumpu steel.

He said: “The artwork is a freestanding, lattice made from 2,421 tubes and 804 nodes, joined to form two spheres.”