CorTen’s highest-profile use in the UK is probably Sir Antony Gormley’s 1998
CorTen’s highest-profile use in the UK is probably Sir Antony Gormley’s 1998 Angel of the North at Gateshead - at 20m tall and 54m across, the largest sculpture in the UK. Built with CorTen to signify the industrial heritage of the North-east, the Angel was designed to withstand winds of over 100mph, showing how versatile and resilient CorTen is. The funky, post-industrial vibe it gives off has also added to its appeal
CorTen – an abbreviation from CORrosion resistance-TENsile strength - has come to be known as the generic term for weathering steel but the name is actually registered as a trademark by the United States Steel Corporation, which no longer manufactures it. That notwithstanding, the terms have become synonymous today.