MUKWONAGO, WI—JUNE 2, 2013—The Statue of Liberty re-opens on the Fourth of July, with a number of renovations – including new stairway railings inside the monument’s pedestal. Banker Wire provides mesh infill panels for the railings, enhancing the look and durability of the interior staircases.
The Statue of Liberty has been closed to visitors since October 2012, when Hurricane Sandy damaged much of the infrastructure on Liberty Island, where it stands. The statue itself, however, did not suffer storm-related damage. Its 126-year-old iron framework, designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, withstood the hurricane’s battering.
Banker Wire worked with fabricator SRS Inc., Metuchen, NJ, and distributor Direct Metals Company LLC, Kennesaw, GA, to outfit the Statue of Liberty with mesh products that matched the original framework’s durability, functionality and stately aesthetic.
“It was a pleasure working with Banker Wire. The project went very smoothly, and the material provides a perfect aesthetic, high durability and is easily serviceable,” says Rich Blatman, president of SRS, Inc.
The statue’s interior stairways feature Banker Wire’s L-92 wire mesh in bronze. The mesh is woven in a lock-crimp style. Straight sections of wire are connected by highly-defined, lock-crimped intersections, ensuring the panels’ stability. This heightens their ability to provide fall protection to the monument’s 3.5 million anticipated annual visitors.
The mesh matched the aesthetic standards of the national landmark through the attention to detail and customization options for which Banker Wire has become known. The single most important detail in this installation was the repeatability of the mesh pattern – and as with every Banker Wire project, a wire weave was created to ensure that repeatability.
This installation used bronze, giving it an unmistakable caramel color. Like the Statue itself, bronze Banker Wire mesh is composed of copper – with tin as an additive. Banker Wire mesh is available in a variety of alloys.
“Direct Metals Company was confident that Banker Wire would deliver a high-quality product, on time and at a reasonable cost,” says John Hoover, owner of Direct Metals. “The partnership between Direct Metals and Banker Wire allowed for a successful installation at one of our nation’s most important landmarks.”
Blatman, of SRS, Inc., agrees. “I would definitely work with Banker Wire again. Their mesh is a premier architectural metal, and ideal for railing applications like the one at the Statue of Liberty,” he says.
This installation was part of renovations that began in October 2011. Other changes to the monument include new exterior granite staircases, renovated restrooms, new emergency elevators and a new air-conditioning system.
About Banker Wire
Banker Wire is the world’s leading manufacturer of woven and welded wire mesh for architectural and industrial applications. With the most modern and productive mill in the U.S., Banker Wire provides custom-weaved material for any aesthetic on any scale – from intricate design highlights to expansive building facades. Founded in 1896, Banker Wire’s manufacturing expertise has been refined for more than a century, bringing unmatched customization, quality, and service to customers. State-of-the-art grid welding equipment provide a wide variety of wire alloy, spacing and diameter configurations, trimmed or untrimmed. For more information visit https://www.bankerwire.com.
About Architectural Woven Wire Mesh
Pre-crimped woven wire mesh is constructed of individual wires that are crimped prior to being woven together on a loom. Pre-crimping the wires provides a much higher degree of control during the weaving process. This allows for far more intricate and interesting patterns, as well as unique customization, to meet the vision of the designer. Banker Wire has refined and innovated its crimping process more than any other manufacturer, delivering more than 8,000 different spacing, diameter, and crimp combinations, plus endless customization options. As a result, Banker can make any woven wire mesh pattern imaginable – manufactured to specify for any project type.