Ironworkers Hall of Fame
Standing tall and strong, the Ironworkers Walk of Fame sculpture was commissioned by the Village of Mackinaw City as an extraordinary tribute to commemorate and celebrate the legends and stories of Ironworkers and Mackinac Bridgemen from North America.
The striking sculpture of an ironworker is comprised of an amalgamation of more than 3000 ironworker tools and steel building components, donated by ironworkers from across the USA and Canada. Additionally, pieces of iconic steel structures, including the World Trade Center, Golden Gate Bridge, George Washington Bridge, and Mackinaw Bridge were also used to create the tribute. Three tons of galvanized steel were used to create the piece, which took approximately 400 hours to assemble prior to galvanizing.
Hot-dip galvanizing was chosen to preserve this timeless piece, which will be exposed to corrosive elements such as rain and snow. The superior barrier and cathodic protection of galvanized steel will ensure this tribute remains eye-catching and rust-free for decades. Specifiers felt the attractive natural appearance of zinc was more aesthetically pleasing and appropriate than what a coat of paint could provide.
At its unveiling, 160 ironworkers were inducted into the Ironworkers Walk of Fame. However, thanks to the durable, long-lasting protection of hot-dip galvanized steel, the sculpture will stand witness to the dedication and hard work of past and future ironworkers for generations.