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Direct Metals Provides Custom Carbon Steel For Campus Sculpture


Kennesaw, GA – Direct Metals, an international steel service center with locations in both Kennesaw, Georgia and Waukegan, Illinois, provided specialty metal products for the much-anticipated Buried Pick monument, recently erected on the campus of the University of Texas El Paso in El Paso.

Direct Metals provided 17 pieces of custom carbon steel perforated metal plates for the 40’-tall x 25’-long x 12’-wide structure. The plates were produced with 1/2" diameter holes on 11/16" staggered centers. The pickax sculpture is set on a steel and concrete base. Letters on the monument, U-T-E-P, are 3-1/2 feet tall and set in both sides of the ax handle.

The giant art piece is adjacent to the University’s S-3 parking lot and is visible to students and visitors as they enter campus. The statue not only stands out during the day, as the perforated letters can be seen illuminated in blue at night.

Founded in 1996, Direct Metals is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company and a supplier of industrial and specialty metal products. The company carries inventories of perforated metal, bar grating, expanded metal, safety grating, fiberglass grating, architectural metals, handrail components and wire mesh products. The company’s products are available in carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, fiberglass or galvanized metal.

Direct Metals’ processing capabilities, including cutting, shearing, sawing, punching, cut-outs, welding, slitting, blanking, burning, fabrication and various special finishes. The company also provides expedient shipping, with orders for in-stock material placed by noon and shipped that same day. Direct Metals has served customers in the United States and world-wide for over 20 years.

About Direct Metals

Direct Metals offers specialty and architectural metals, including perforated metal, expanded metal, bar grating and more. Visit for additional information.

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