Introduction: HANGING IRON

Sculpture called "Hanging Iron", 2016 I-beam, wire rope-sling, engine crane

Here is a link to the press release for the exhibit: http://www.autobodybellport.com/833/

Step 1: GET THE I-BEAM

I found this in an abandoned lot. My friend took a cart from Home Depot but as soon as we put this thing on it, the wheels broke, so we dragged it down the street and into my stoop area. It weighs about 500 pounds, I am not sure how we did it.

Step 2: DRILL SOME HOLES

I used my magnetic drill press, and what is called an annular cutter, which is basically a giant hole-saw for metal. They use these tools when drilling holes for bolted connections in steel buildings, and other times when you need more power than a hand drill but can't get your work piece to a drill press.

Step 3: SHACKLES AND WIRE ROPE SLING

I got some shackles that fit and a two-legged wire rope sling with hooks. Rated for 4,000 pounds.

Step 4: ENGINE CRANE

Hook the sling up to the crane and start pumping. Up goes the I-beam. In the photo I am very stoked because this actually worked.

Step 5: INSTALL THE SCULPTURE

Basically it took me 5 + big dudes to get this thing up the stairs and to the roof of this warehouse building. It was pretty nuts. Wished I had a bigger crane.

Step 6: FINISHED - HAVE a NICE SHOW

This piece really fit in on the roof.

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PardoByNight (author)2017-04-16

very nice :)

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KYLIEWHITE (author)PardoByNight2017-04-17

Thanks a lot!

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woodbywright (author)2017-02-16

Nice! love the attistic idea!

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gilbequick (author)2017-02-16

Does this sculpture represent anything in particular to you?

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aml725 (author)gilbequick2017-02-16

structural gets all the glory lol

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KYLIEWHITE (author)gilbequick2017-02-16

This piece is called "Hanging Iron" and it is named for the industry term used by iron workers when they erect steel buildings- they refer to it as "Hanging Iron". Here, I was trying to isolate one module of the very modular building system that is modern steel construction, by hanging it from the same wire rope sling that is used to move horizontal steel beams into place for construction. It swayed back and forth in the wind. So in that way, the little crane acts as an elaborate pedestal for the beam.

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randofo (author)2017-02-16

I was wondering how the heck you got it on the roof. Did they seriously carry it up the stairs? How long did that take?

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KYLIEWHITE (author)randofo2017-02-16

Yes, me and 5 friends carried it up the stairs, 3 on each side. It was a little rough. It took maybe 10 minutes.

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