Friday, 25 April 2014

ASCALON sculpture

The Ascalon sculpture in the forecourt of St Georges Cathedral in the centre of Perth is a proud statement of composite engineering design and ingenuity. We were approached by a colleague to be involved in the manufacture of the 12m high billow component for the sculpture after previous attempts at manufacture had failed in the preliminary stages.
Working from a complex 3D CAD model, the build method and laminate design was completed in collaboration with a local boat builder who has a CNC milling machine large enough to carve the polystyrene moulds from which the billow is laminated.
The final product was attached to a polished stainless steel pole with hidden fixings and installed in 2011. This project illustrates the possibilities of manufacturing in composites and we are proud to have been involved in the manufacture of a construction as complex as this. The work was also a finalist in the International Composites JEC Awards.

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