contemporary rusted metal sculpture
large garden sculpture created from corten steel contemporary


I first became aware of Samarkand whilst on holiday in Estonia. On the bookshelf in the house was was an old soviet era book on ancient buildings of the Mongul / Persian influenced areas of the former Soviet Union. Couldn’t read a word but the photos of the buildings amazed me, I never knew anything like it existed in this part of the world.

The basic concept for the piece has been in my sketchbook for a while but felt it needed something to give it a lift. The photos of Samarkand sparked an interest in the mosaic patterns of Persia, being very structured in layout they appealed to my graphics background with designs based on a formal grid layout.

The sculpture consist’s of two interlocking pieces to form a self supporting cross shape. The first piece has been created to a height of 1.8m from thick 10mm steel to give to substance and is being allowed to rust naturally forming a richly coloured patina.

The piece is made to order and can be scaled up or down to suit the required location and can be made from a range of materials such as corten steel, stainless steel (brushed or mirror polished)

Whilst a bronze version which develops a rich turquoise patina with the inner surfaces of the pattern treated with gold leaf look quite stunning and would truly reflect the vibrant colours of Persia.


•  This is a bespoke piece and built to order.
•  Sizes can be scaled up or down to suit the intended site for the sculpture.
•  A number of base and plinth options.
•  Lighting can be included in the base.

Materials  |  Delivery |  Prices

The sculpture can be made from a range of materials such as – mild steel corten steel or stainless steel. A bronze version with it’s turquoise patina would look especially good and reflect the rich colours to be found in Persian art.

Mild Steel, this is left to oxidise natrually with the rusted finish continually evolving with time to form a rich warm patina.

Corten Steel, a steel that naturally rusts, but unlike mild steel the rusting process actually forms a corrosion-retarding protective layer. In other words, the steel is allowed to rust in order to form the ‘protective’ coating.

Stainless Steel, unlike steel and aluminium, stainless steel doesn’t corrode when exposed to the elements. A variety of surface treatments can be applied from brushed, to satin to the highly polished mirror finish.

Delivery – Samarkand is a bespoke piece and the delivery time will vary depending on the size and materials.


Pricing – please drop me a note or give me a ring to discus your requirements for the piece. Once I have an idea of size and materials I will be able to provide a quote and an estimated delivery date.
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