There's still a division about what's shiny and new and modern and contemporary," said John McEwen, a Canadian sculptor who was an early adopter of Corten. "[It's] different because it's rusty, it's organic in a very particular way." McEwen first used it for a piece he created for the University of Lethbridge in 1980. He also used Corten for a steel conical sculpture unveiled in 1998 outside of Toronto's Air Canada Centre entitled Search Light, Star Light, Spot Light. It is certainly becoming more popular, but many clients still reject the idea of anything with such a rusty appearance.