Humber Galvanizing Ltd have jumped into action alongside local fabricators to ensure a bespoke piece of art will stand the test of time.
Driffield-based SA Fabrications were earlier this year commissioned to create a bespoke life-sized steel horse sculpture by local farmer, Paul Temple.
Stephen Albinger, Founder and Owner at SA Fabrications, said: “Originally inspired by a performance of War Horse, Paul Temple and his wife, Liz, commissioned a bespoke horse sculpture to take pride of place in their garden. Spurred on by Liz’s passion for the animals, she provided four horse shoes to be included in the final framework.
“After much deliberation and creative consideration, we decided the equine beast would be in a majestic mid-jump pose. The sculpture, which took around four weeks to create, stands at an impressive 2.3m high and 2.5m long, and weighs around 450kg. After fabrication, I enlisted the support of Humber Galvanizing, who I’ve worked with for over twenty years, to ensure it could withstand the elements when located outside.”
At Humber Galvanizing, the horse was entirely immersed and hot-dipped into a large molten zinc bath. Coating the steel completely, the process allows it to be protected from corrosion for up to 70 years.
“When the piece returned from the galvanizers, safe in the knowledge that it would be rust-free, I used an antique copper and black powder coating to add more depth and detail to the framework,” Steve added.
Tony Linsley, Sales Manager at Humber Galvanizing Ltd concluded: “We’re proud to have been able to assist Steve in ensuring the longevity of this striking horse sculpture using the galvanizing process. We thoroughly enjoy working with SA Fabrications, and look forward to the exciting projects they bring to us. We can’t wait to see what’s next!”
Humber Galvanizing is part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, the largest hot-dip galvanizing organisation in the UK with a history dating back over 150 years. With 14 plants strategically placed across the country, the firm offers a truly national galvanizing service.