Torn Steel

Jonathan Prince is fascinated by forms that have had their surfaces interrupted by a break or fracture. Broken surfaces are inherent to the properties of stone - but not of steel. Because of a recent interest in steel fabrication, he has developed a technique that emulates the look of a fractured stone surface in metal - which he refers to as “Torn Steel”.

The process involved in creating this effect is quite involved and employs a number of procedures:

First, stainless steel plates are forged and hammered utilizing blacksmithing techniques to form a base layer - Next, additional stainless steel is applied to the surface using a MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding procedure. This process actually builds the "torn" architecture forms onto the stainless surface. The next step is to use a TIG Welder (Tungsten Inert Gas) torch to smooth and blend out the stainless steel left from the previous MIG application. When the surfaces are finally formed and the interface between the "Torn Steel" and sculptural form refined, the stainless steel can be smoothed and polished by using a series of abrasives starting with glass bead blasting and following through with a series of successively finer sandpaper grits and polishing pastes - a painstaking procedure but, I believe, worth the extensive time and effort.

 

Vestigial Block

CorTen and Stainless Steel 
6.25 x 6 x 6 feet | 1.9 x 1.8 x 1.8 meter 
2011

Vestigial Block

Detail view 
CorTen and Stainless Steel 
6.25 x 6 x 6 feet | 1.9 x 1.8 x 1.8 meter
2011

Torus 340 (view at IBM Atrium, NY, NY)

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
13.5 x 12 x 8 feet | 4 x 3.6 x 2.5 meter 
2011 
 

Torus 340

Alternate view 

Bore Block

CorTen and Stainless Steel 
8.25 x 8 x 2 feet | 2.6 x 2.5 x .6 meter
2011

Disc Fragment

Oxidized and Stainless Steel
9.5 x 8 x 5 feet | 3 x 2.5 x 1.5 meter
2011

New Growth

High Chromium Stainless Steel 
32 x 32 x 9 inches | 81 x 81 x 23 cm
2012 

Columnar Tear

High Chromium Stainless Steel 
100 x 16 x 16 inches | 254 x 41 x 41 cm
2013

Ruptured Column

Anodized and Colored Aluminum 
8 x 53 x 8 inches | 20 x 135 x 20 cm
2013

Rift

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
41 x 41 x 41 inches | 104 x 104 x 104 cm
2011

Fissure

High Chromium Stainless Steel 
22.5 x 22 x 22 inches | 57 x 56 x 56 cm
2013

Slice I

High Chromium Stainless Steel 
16 x 28 x 16 inches | 41 x 71 x 41 cm
2013

Slice II

High Chromium Stainless Steel | Silicon Bronze 
7 x 35 x 7 inches | 18 x 89 x 18 
2013 

Totem II

Alternate view, IBM Atrium
590 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 

Totem II

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
12.5 x 2 x 2 feet | 3.8 x .6 x .6 meter
2011

Torus 200 - 32

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
34 x 32 x 16 inches | 86 x 81 x 41 cm
2010 

Torus 340 - 32

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
34 x 32 x 16 inches | 86 x 81 x 41 cm
2010

Torus 300 - 32

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
34 x 32 x 8 inches | 86 x 81 x 20 cm 
2010 

Disc Fragment I

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
18 x 16 x 8 inches | 46 x 41 x 20 cm
2011

Relic

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
23 x 6 x 6 inches | 58 x 15 x 15 cm
2010 

Embedded Lens

CorTen and High Chromium Stainless Steel
66 x 68 x 18 inches | 168 x 173 x 46 cm
2011

Spherical Union

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
37.5 x 37.5 x 28 inches | 95 x 95 x 71 cm
2011 

Inside Out

Oxidized and Stainless Steel 
12 x 9 x 5 inches | 30 x 23 x 13 cm
2010