NiTEC and the Mute Meadows Public Art Project

NiTEC have been an integral part in the creation of the Mute Meadows Public Art Project.

Based in Derry, The Mute Meadows Public Art Project is known as ‘Northern Ireland’s biggest artwork’. The project consists of 48 steel columns that vary in length from 7 to 10 metres. One side is chilled iron shot-blasted, and the other electroless nickel plated.

The Mute Meadows Public Art project is based outdoors and exposed to harsh weather conditions.  Therefore, choosing electroless nickel plating was must to ensure corrosion resistance and longevity of the artwork.

With NiTEC housing the largest tank in the UK they were the obvious choice to achieve the high quality requirements of the project. To view the video of the installation of the plated steel columns click here.

Created by London based artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, the artwork celebrates the regeneration of Derry~Londonderry, marking its transformation from a city of conflict to a city of culture.

Mute Meadow is unlike any other artwork in Ireland, in both design and scale. Stretching out across the waterfront, the £800,000 sculpture is the largest public artwork in Ireland and is made up of 40 pairs of angled steel columns lit at the base to resemble a shimmering ‘forest of light’.

Read our previous blog post for more information on the benefits of electroless nickel plating.

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