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Nickel Plating a Sculpture for Turner Prize Winner David Mach

Gorilla sculpture before nickel platingAs experts in the electroless nickel plating process, NiTEC have been approached on numerous occasions regarding nickel plating sculptures for artists and sculptures. With our large capacity electroless nickel plating tanks and our ability to manoeuvre large pieces safely, we have the perfect set up for nickel plating items such as these.

One of the sculptures we were asked to nickel plate was a large gorilla by the British sculptor David Mach. We have also plated another of his pieces, ’The Spaceman’. Whilst looking through our extensive archive of photos, the staff at NiTEC came across these great before and after images of the gorilla sculpture that we thought we would publish on the website for all to see!

 

Electroless Nickel Plating David Mach’s Gorilla Sculpture

Gorilla sculpture after nickel plating

David Mach is a British sculptor and installation artist who specialises in creating unique sculpture from mass-produced objects such as coat hangers. Following several shows, public installations and much success, Mach was nominated for the Turner Prize back in 1988 and joined the Royal Academy of Arts as a Professor of Sculpture in 200.

Mach once said “I like to work in as many different materials as possible. It’s no understatement to say I am a materials junkie – jumping from highly-painted realistic cast fibreglass pieces tosculpture with coat hangers, to a thatched barn roof laced with fibre-optics to designs for camera obscures (or at least the buildings to house them) and layouts for parks.”

The gorilla sculpture featured in the pictures consists of hundreds of wire coat hangers which have been bent and twisted and then welded together to keep them in shape. David Mach decided that the best way of plating the sculpture was to have it have it professionally plated with electroless nickel to create an aesthetically pleasing finish and also provide a high level of corrosion and wear protection.

Large Capacity Electroless Nickel Plating Tanks

Electroless nickel was the perfect choice of plating for this piece as it ensures that all the recesses of the metal are fully plated. At NiTEC, we have plenty of experience handling large parts such as sculptures, and the equipment and man power needed to do so!

Electroless Nickel Plating

The electroless nickel plating process is a high quality, cost effective solution for coating metals such as mild or stainless steel.

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The simple process of diffused nickel plating is the most effective coating to ensure the highest levels of corrosion resistance.

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Ni-PTFE Self Lubricating Coating

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The heat treatment solutions at NiTEC can be used for stress relieving and de-embrittlement as both pre-plate and post-plate treatments.

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Aqua blasting is a wet blasting process that's perfect for gently removing surface dirt and grime from metal components.

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Nickel boron plating is a good alternative to chrome for coating a variety of steels to enhance corrosion resistance.

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NiTEC have many years' experience working with special projects; from art installations to architectural features.

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As the deposit formed by electroless nickel plating is based on a chemical reaction, the dispersion of the deposit is equal over part, regardless of shape.

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