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Tall Dreams statue by Steve Mehdi

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Tall Dreams Statue

About the Project

Steve Mehdi is an established local artist in the Yorkshire region. PES Performance and our sister company- PES Scanning are already working with Steve on his 30 metre high Steel Man sculpture and also the Heart of Steel project. Steve has a unique and innovative style of creating his art by using simple packaging tape. However, the shapes and forms he creates are incredibly complex in design.

The Challenge

The challenge was to capture the complexity of the original 380mm high tape structure model without losing any detail, and ensuring it remained a true and accurate representation of the original piece.

In order to help Steve deliver a commission to create a fabricated 8-metre-high sculpture for a major office development in Sheffield city centre. PES Scanning used their 3D scanning system to capture the 380mm model for the piece named ‘Tall Dreams’.

The captured scan data was transferred into a Computer Aided Design (CAD) package and refined to highlight the individual panels of the piece as required in the fabrication process. The piece was finally scaled accurately for final manufacture and the sculpture’s perfect alignment with the column it would sit on.

Steve was involved in the whole process to ensure nothing was lost from the original model to the final 9m sculpture. When the data was signed off, the CAD files were sent through to the fabricator to start planning the manufacture of ‘Tall Dreams’.

Once manufactured, ‘Tall Dreams’ was located within the central square of the Velocity Village complex in Sheffield City Centre.