All Steel Fabrications Ltd of Long Eaton has been building sculptures for the last 15 years, collaborating with artists on their sculpture designs including Louise Plant (ARBS) and the MoD, the Conkers Complex by Long Eaton sculptor, Malcolm Revill, Dan Cordell's bike sculpture for the Nottingham University complex (on the site of the old Raleigh bike factory) and London based artist John Atkin.
Atkin’s piece, ‘Dal Fabro’s Chariot’ which stands 27 feet tall and weighs two and a half tons, is the centre piece of the impressive lobby of the new Beetham Tower complex, Old Hall Street, Liverpool.
Both the fabrication and installation presented a number of challenges to the team at All Steel Fabrications Ltd. An aperture at the front of the building only seven feet by eight feet dictated the way the sculpture was designed and put together right from the beginning. It had to be made in sections and erected on site, no mean feat as some of the sections weigh up to a tonne each.
In 1988, the company was commissioned to reproduce the crown on the roof of Crown Derby.
All Steel's reputation for innovation was put to the test on the certain sections of the sculpture. Three of the UK's top metal manipulators said the complex wheel components could not be reproduced at the size they wanted.
Undeterred, All Steel Fabricator Norman Sherwin devised a method of slicing and forming sheet steel to construct the huge wheels, the key feature of the Chariot.
With a just a handful of photos of the original crown, Managing Director, Peter Elliot along with Norman Sherwin used their technical expertise and artistic interpretation to create a replacement, arguably better than the original.
The firm is fast building a portfolio of work for artists and major public works throughout the UK and further afield.