World’s largest AM steel sculpture installed at US university

July 27, 2021

The Convergence sculpture stands 8.5 m tall and is located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (Courtesy The Jenny Sabin Studio)

The Jenny Sabin Studio, based in Ithaca, New York, USA, has announced the installation of Convergence, an 8.5 m (28′) tall additively manufactured public sculpture, at the new William H.Northwall, MD, Plaza at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The design was chosen by the UNMC and the Nebraska Arts Council’s 1% for Art programme.

Convergence features two tons of stainless steel manufactured into nine unique panels by Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions, Euclid, Ohio, using Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing. CNC polycarbonate panels laminated with wavelength dependent dichroic film and stainless steel rings are also incorporated in the design.

As a set of integrated material relationships, the design for Convergence is said to celebrate lightness, dynamic structure, and equilibrium through equal and opposite forces. Through part-to-whole, individual, and collective, the project’s many facets reflects and aims to celebrate the faculty, doctors, students, researchers, administrators, and community champions that have left their marks and defined UNMC’s past, present and future.

Convergence features 2 tons of stainless steel, additively manufactured into nine unique panels by Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions (Courtesy The Jenny Sabin Studio)

“Convergence is a process or state of coming together, where flows and currents meet and evolve together in a shared environment. Convergence celebrates the thriving and rich heritage of excellence of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, through innovative fabrication strategies and materialised concepts that embed change, transformation and contemplation,” stated Jenny Sabin, principal and lead architectural designer at Jenny Sabin Studio.

Convergence is now open to the public.

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