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miracle metal hits the beach
Aluminium took its place in the sun this month as the world’s most versatile metal was transformed into sculpture for tens of thousands of visitors to Cottesloe Beach in Perth.
Twelve aluminium sculptures featured in the sixth ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibition, which is supported each year by Alcoa of Australia.
In this year’s exhibition, seven Western Australian artists used Alcoa’s aluminium: George Haynes, John Hutchinson, Andrew Kay, Darius Kowal, Melanie Maclou, Derek Roach and Ian Young.

“This beautiful shining metal on the beach started off as bauxite in the Darling Range,” Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg said.

“It’s an amazing material, lightweight and versatile, and endlessly recyclable.”

Alcoa also partners ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ to deliver the Alcoa School Education Program that saw well over 1000 school students work with exhibiting artists in some 48 workshops over the three weeks of the exhibition.

“We bring around 400 kids up from our communities in Kwinana, Peel and the South-West of WA for a day at the beach, sculpting and having fun,” Mr Cransberg said.

“This is such a great opportunity to help kids in our community experience art in a totally new way, and just have a really great day out of their usual environment,” Alan said.

“We believe creative communities are stronger communities, and if we can help connect kids with art, that’s a good thing.”

The children will experience working with a range of materials, including Alcoa’s metal, aluminium.

“The Alcoa School Education Program is one of a range of ways Alcoa connects with schools. I believe it is all of our responsibility to help educate the next generation, these children are at the heart of our communities, and are our future,” Mr Cransberg said. 

Alcoa’s ‘Connecting with Schools’ program brings together a variety of initiatives to complement the school curriculum, including work with Kids Foundation on safety, Bluearth on health and Alcoa’s own curriculum based ‘discover alcoa’ that educates around natural resources and industry.

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colourful alcoa material stand out in vancouver olympic village
Athletes participating in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games slept, ate, and watched sporting events in buildings that include Alcoa’s energy–efficient, recyclable and colorful Reynobond® aluminium composite material (ACM).

Athletes staying in the Olympic Village were housed in apartments that are clad in Alcoa Architectural Products’ Reynobond® ACM. The material, used on the facades of several buildings constructed for lodging, stands out due to some unique colours, such as Electric Orange and Brite Red, a key feature of the composite panel.

Neil Deppiesse, Operations Manager of Compass Cladding, a fabricator and installer with over 30 years of field experience in Vancouver, assisted local architects in selecting Reynobond® ACM to achieve the colour palette and geometric forms required for the Olympic Village project.

“Reynobond material offered the architects the widest range of colours, and the best paint finish warranties available to the market. Reynobond material was ideally suited for the coastal environment of Vancouver B.C.,” Mr. Deppiesse said.

Alcoa’s Reynobond ACM is exceptionally flat, formable, corrosion-resistant and surprisingly light – weighing 3.4 times less than steel and 1.6 times less than pure aluminium. It is also available in a range of colours. The material integrates easily with curtain wall, creating a seamless look for façades. And its extreme formability makes it ideal for curves and unique design accents.

Following the Olympics, the Village is being converted into a model sustainable community for recreational use, new housing and commercial space.

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'straight lines may bend' by Darius Kowal. This sculpture is made from aluminium and marine grade stainless steel.

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Kids from Dwellingup Primary School with Melanie Maclou's sculpture called 'elizabeth 1839' which is made from aluminium.

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In the background, Derek Roach's sculpture 'sentinel' made from marine grade aluminium.

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'oushi zokei 2010' by Japanese artist Keizo Ushio. This sculpture is made from indian black granite and japanese tafe stone.

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'sea nymph' by Japanese artist Zero Higashida. This sculpture is made from stainless steel.

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During the Alcoa School Education Program, students create mini-sculptures of their own.

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The Olympic Cillage in Vancouver.