Möbius 1.00

Möbius 1.00 has been on a grand tour during 2014 and 2015.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of stainless steel in the City of Sheffield by Harry Brearley, Galvanize Sheffield & Outokumpu has commissioned Owen Waterhouse to create a unique structure, Möbius 1.00 (Mobius 100), which celebrates the heritage and future of steel production in Sheffield.

100 unique water jet cut profiles create an enclosed yet skeletal, elegant sculptural form influenced by the single-sided form of the Möbius strip and the centenary of the discovery of stainless steel. The form echoes the new logo of Outokumpu, a never-ending circle and emphasises the recyclable nature of stainless steel.

An abundance of finer internal patterns relate each profile to the next. These patterns are based on the microstructure of austenite stainless steel. As the observer approaches the object their eye is encouraged to explore the finish and shapes, which illustrate the beauty and flexibility of stainless steel.

The sculpture is cut using advanced water jet technology from 316 Stainless Steel and measures approximately 800mm by 800mm by 400mm and weighs 41kg.

Shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015, shown at York St Marys, Castlegate, York.

Photography by Simon R Waterhouse.

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Möbius 1.00 was unveiled at London Design Festival as part of MADE NORTH’s Design Platform at David Mellor Design, Sloane Square, showcasing talent from Sheffield from 13th – 21st September 2014.

Mobius 1.00 then moved to MADE NORTH’S gallery in Sheffield from 16th October – 29th November 2014, including Sheffield Design Weekender 21 – 23rd November.

Möbius 1.00 was shown as part of Chesterfield College’s Present Futures exhibition in February and March 2015.

Möbius 1.00 was on show at York St Marys as a shortlisted work in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015. The exhibition ran from 26 March – 19 May 2015

Möbius 1.00 was on show at the Outokumpu Experience in Berlin in May 2015.

Completed with thanks to...


Alison Kinna, Andy Backhouse, Martin Williamson and the cutting specialists at Outokumpu Stainless Distribution.

Galvanize Sheffield Steering Group.

Simon R Waterhouse for photography and helping with construction.

Carla Bowden at glue. creative thinking.

Patrick Murphy at MADE NORTH.

Nick Williams and the team at Stainless Finishing.