Canada 150 Moose Sculpture
Oshawa, ON Canada | 2017
The City of Wichita, KS is making summer even better for residents with the renovation of its six public pools. This Aley Park Pool received a facelift through this project with splashes of color, a new slide and protective shade. A large, sea turtle sculpture is a highlight of the project that was completed through a collaboration between Kent Williams Environmental Design (KWED), Dondlinger Construction, Atwood Studios and the city’s Director of Parks and Recreation, Troy Houtman.
For this project, the coating system allowed the final product to embrace the vivid colors of the Sea Turtle.
The chlorinated water and other chemicals used at the pool create a very corrosive environment that steel products would require protection from. The project team determined hot-dip galvanizing was the best solution for the long-term sustainment of the steel turtle sculpture and pedestal in the pool environment. The “flying turtle” appears to be suspended in air as it is supported by a 4 legged frame system that has all been hot-dip galvanized. Key components of the turtle received additional protection through a top coat of paint over the galvanized steel. The duplex system showcases the flexibility of galvanizing by allowing specifiers to customize the overall aesthetic while increasing the lifespan by 1.5-2.3 times the combined life of both systems when used on their own. For this project, the coating system allowed the final product to embrace the vivid colors of the Sea Turtle.
The total amount of steel used in this project was roughly 8,000 pounds and all of the steel was galvanized to ensure its long life and sustainability in the surrounding environment. Laser cutting equipment easily and precisely cut the ½” plate shapes used for the prized creation. The four major components were bolted together to bring the Sea Turtle, which roamed this part of the country 250 million years ago, back to life. The Sea Turtle actually has a history in the nearby Arkansas River that is still being discovered today. The pool is home to other prehistoric animals that roamed the area millions of years ago as well. The addition of these creations provides an educational opportunity for the community and ensures they will never be forgotten.
When asked about the project’s impact on the surrounding community, Kent Williams- KWED said, “Its delightful! The reinvestment in the community with great looking features themed in the city pool area is a great testament to the artist working together with other project members to create an incredible and unique aesthetic”. The team has collaborated to include other natural animals and custom tile work in the pool area as well. The future plans for the project site include lighting and possibly powder coating the legs supporting the turtle. Knowing the project was going to be seen and used for many years to come, Williams knew the project would be a great addition to the pool and the community.
Wichita, KS United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Quality of HDG, Sustainability
All steel components of the Fly
Kent Williams Environmental Design
Wichita Parks & Recreation
Valmont Coatings - Salina Galvanizing
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