The Azerbaijan Flame Fountain is a stunning thirty metre tall sculpture opened on December 30th2011 in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan. Built around the basis of a triple helix design it resembles a huge flame bursting forth from the surface of the earth, a design which was deliberately selected to represent both Azerbaijan’s thriving oil and gas industries and its ancient nickname of ‘The Land of Fire’.
Weighing over 60 tonnes and featuring 700 banks of LED lights and 1,600 metres of glass cladding, the flame lights up the night sky for miles around, forming the most spectacular part of a stunning display incorporating water, light and sound.
Clearly, a monument of this type and stature is designed to stand for many years, centuries even, and that’s why it’s so vital that the raw materials are of the finest possible quality. To this end, Castle Metals was tasked with providing high quality 316L stainless and mild steel ranging between six and twenty millimetres in thickness. Once it had been through the laser cutting process and cut into thin strips, it was used in the construction of the body of the Flame itself.
The combination of strength and flexibility, allied to an ability to work to the finest possible specifications, meant that Castle Metals’ stainless steel was the perfect building material for a monument which combines impact and scale with grace and style.
Once seen and never forgotten, the Azerbaijan Flame Fountain is a monument to the imagination of the designers and the skill and expertise of the manufacturers.