In addition to his artishood Nico Kok works by the basic oxygen steel plant of Tata Steel to IJmuiden. Recently he makes work that has been inspired on the process of making steel.

dated 2011 until 2011 (click on an image to enlarge an artwork)
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Steel 1

2011

Four panels of sample bars processed differently: not processed, rough, rusted and polished. Each heat of steel (330 tonnes) in the bassic oxygen steel plant of Tata Steel IJmuiden is made, one takes a final sample to determine the analysis of the steel. Of the final sample the operator cut off the inflow bar. Each bar is unique and belongs to a certain heat. These bars, which would otherwise be thrown away, Nico with his colleagues collected from February to August 2011. 3491 bars of final samples of 3491 heats ( per 24 ours there are made  65 heats on average). The artwork is created of these bars.

Steel 2

2011

Analog pictures of the steelproduction Bassic Oxygen Steelplant 2  Tata Steel IJmuiden (  1990) , mechanically processed.

Pellets 1

2011

Relief of ore pellets, the main raw material for the  steel production.

Pellets 2

2011

Relief of ore pellets, the main raw material of the steel production.

Oval shape

2011

Oval shape of sample sticks and iron ore pellets, semi-finished and raw material of the steelproduction.

Infinite tapping jet

2011

Pictures of the steel production of Tata Steel IJmuiden. After the bassic oxygen steel process the liquid steel is tapped per heat out of the basic oxygen furnace in a steel ladle. The tapping is fascinating by the heat (average 1630 degrees Celcius) and the violence ( 6 minutes average 330 t  steel)

From steel ladle to slag ladle

2011

Pictures of the steel production of Tata Steel IJmuiden. From emty preheated steel ladle to full steel ladle. After the steel tapping the residual slag in the basic oxygen furnace is tapped into a slag ladle.

Triangles

2011

Samples of steel are taken to determined the amount of nitrogen and ultra-low carbon in the steel.  Pills are punched from the samples.Mild steel was punched immediately after sandblasting (light color), hard  steel after sandblasting were heated for the punching (blue color). Ultra -low cardon was not sanded but milled ( thicker, glossy). Nitrogen is now determined by the spectrometer.