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Installed in January 2010 in front of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, this 25 foot diameter globe was made by the Poblocki Sign Company entirely out of 316 stainless steel, which was rolled, coped and fully welded at each intersection. The 16000 pound structure was fabricated in 8 sections and had a base made from 6" schedule 40 pipe. More than 8 miles of welding wire was used on the joint and splice connections of the globe. The amount of 3" schedule 40 pipe used on the project was enough to span the entire height of the Willis Tower: 1450 feet. KMF Metals, Inc polished all of this weld to a seamless number 4 satin finish working to an expedited leadtime. KMF Metals, inc was the only polisher involved on this project.

In addition to polishing the 6 sections making up the framework of the globe, KMF Metals also put a DA, random orbital finish on the continents, which were formed from 3/16" 316l stainless steel sheet.

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Comments (109)

~Marlene~ on July 6, 2013

Thanks you again, rober, for the kind words. I appreciate it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Herve sam on July 17, 2013

Jolie prise de vue , j'aime

~Marlene~ on July 18, 2013

Thank you so much, Hervé, for the nice comment. I'm happy you **Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Bogdan Var on July 18, 2013

Nice photo like favorite

~Marlene~ on July 19, 2013

Thank you again, Lemonia, for the Like and the Y*. I appreciate it and your visit very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Darja Brus on September 22, 2013

Great shot!!! LIKE! Greetings, Darja.

~Marlene~ on September 23, 2013

Thank you so much, Darja, for the lovely comment Nd your visit. I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Cornleo on November 9, 2013

Dear Marlene, thank you for your reference. This installation really seems to be the same. It is not easy to photograph it in the sun :-) LIKE and many greetings from Cornleo

~Marlene~ on November 10, 2013

Thank you, Cornleo, for the Like and taking a look. I wonder if they were made by the same person/people? I agree… the sun makes it a little more difficult!

Best wishes, Marlene

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  • Uploaded on May 20, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2013/04/14 14:46:13