Have you seen expanded metal being used in creative, interesting and unusual ways? Why not take some photos and enter our #meshspotting competition?
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In September we saw a really eclectic mix of images, showing how expanded metal can be used in everything from car grilles to retail displays and even a giant stage puppet – read on to see the examples.
Nevis Range Mountain Experience, Scottish Highlands
Expanded metal mesh offers formidable anti-slip protection – which is why it’s often used in challenging environments. Here it has been used within the supporting structure walkway of the ski lift at the Nevis Range Mountain Experience in the Scottish Highlands, near Fort William. Thanks to Paul Bushnell for sending this in.
You can see more examples of our walkway meshes here.
Iron Man stage puppet, Newcastle upon Tyne
It’s not uncommon for expanded metal mesh to be used in sculptures and creative projects… but this has got to be one of the most impressive examples of its use!
Meet Iron Man.
This giant fellow was built as a stage puppet for The Who guitarist Pete Townshend's musical production of The Iron Man – based on Ted Hughes' famous 1968 novel of the same name.
The production premiered at The Young Vic Theatre in 1993 (incidentally now clad in our expanded metal!). The puppet now resides in the courtyard of Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne. And while his days on stage are gone, he's very popular with visitors – and as a nesting site for blackbirds and collared doves!
TK Maxx, Newcastle upon Tyne
Metal mesh is often used to enhance store displays like this one spotted at TK Maxx on Northumberland Street in Newcastle. It is a great material for showcasing products and can be used to enhance lighting effects.
There are more examples of expanded metal mesh being used in shopfitting displays here.
Balder Railway Viaduct, Teesdale
As a strong and durable metal, expanded mesh is often used to create safety barriers and balustrades. Here it can be seen along the Balder Railway Viaduct which was once part of the Tees Valley Railway but is now used by walkers. Thanks to Paul Whitton for spotting this!
Click here for information on our balustrade product range.
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Our Athens mesh product was used at this Newcastle University office, which has an integrated cycle store. Our expanded metal mesh provides both security and ventilation at the site.
Space Architects acted as design consultants on the project and the panels were installed by John Aynsley Architectural Metalwork. You can find more info on our Athens mesh here.
Ice cream truck car grille
Expanded metal mesh offers a lightweight and robust solution for the manufacture of car grilles.
And this grille – used on a refurbished ice cream truck – is a particularly striking example! You can read more on mesh vehicle grilles here.
Sundaes Artisan Ice Cream, Yarm, UK
Because it’s easy to clean, durable and aesthetically pleasing, expanded metal is often used in furniture. Here it has been used to create a quaint table top - with a matching chair back and seat - at an artisan ice cream café in Yarm.
If you see any great examples of expanded metal mesh being used in creative ways share your pictures of expanded metal mesh by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media, using #meshspotting. You can find us on Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.
The best photos will be shown on our social media channels, website and e-marketing platforms, including our regular e-newsletter and each quarter we will choose a winner in a number of categories. Learn more about our #meshspotting competition here.