Gripple sculptureUK: An air conditioning engineer turned student artist is helping fittings company Gripple celebrate its 25th anniversary with some unique artwork.

Ian Hudson, a student artist from Sheffield Hallam University, will help Gripple, to celebrate a quarter of a century in style – with four specially commissioned pieces of art inspired by his former day job.

Ian originally started out his career as an air conditioning and ventilation systems installer, where he used Gripple products in his work. Inspired, he has utilised around 3,000 Gripple wire joiners and more than 1000m of steel cable in his artwork, so it seemed a fitting choice to engage Ian to help the company celebrate 25 years of trading.

In response to a brief from Gripple which asked for their logo and products to be incorporated into the design, Ian created a sculpture which resembles an oversized Gripple wire joiner made from polished steel and quartz.

The sculptures will be displayed in Gripple’s offices worldwide which include headquarters in Sheffield, Chicago, New Delhi and Obernai in France. The largest sculpture will be unveiled at a special ceremony to celebrate Gripple’s 25th anniversary.

Ian said: “I feel really privileged that Gripple has decided to use my artwork to commemorate 25 years of trading. The thought that I have gone from fitting ventilation systems to having my creations showcased on three continents is very humbling.”

You can see more of Ian’s work here: www.ianhudsonart.com