FBS Metalworks

The Art of Steel Sculpture

The finished steel sculpture has a remarkably organic, flowing look to it. Steel vines with countless "leaves" intertwine around an airy frame. They wrap around three circular plaques reminiscent of ships' portholes and finish by gripping a top rail of rolling waves symbolic of the ocean.

"The challenge was to keep the lightness of organic forms while keeping the structure strong enough to withstand hard wear from thousands of visitors and residents - and comfortable enough for them to enjoy sitting on it," said Craig.

"That meant hundreds of hidden welds - and a willingness to learn and adapt as the marathon project took shape over many weeks."

A Steel Sculpture With Heart and Soul

The seat had to encircle the sycamore planted by King Edward VII in 1902 and so had to be fabricated in his Tranent workshop so that it could be broken into two halves and assembled on site.

Then it was galvanised, then painted with a long-lasting powder-coating technique.

The result? Rosie Oberlander, Chair of North Berwick in Bloom, said: "It looks great. Everyone is really delighted with what Craig has produced and it is going to be a real feature of the town centre for many years to come."

"It was a commission but also a labour of love," said Craig. "It was good to see my original drawings slowly come to life and even take on a life of their own.

"I want people to realise that there is heart and soul in steel - that it is not just a cold, hard material but has the potential for inspiring art. It's what I call the art of steel."

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