On July 4, 2013, the Statue of Liberty reopened after undergoing a number of renovations – including new stairway railings inside the monument’s pedestal. Banker Wire provided architectural mesh infill panels for the railings, enhancing the look and durability of the interior staircases. Banker Wire’s L-92 architectural woven wire mesh, in bronze, was used for the statue’s interior stairways.
The L-92 architectural mesh pattern is woven in a lockcrimp style. Straight sections of wire are connected by highly-defined, lockcrimped intersection, ensuring the panels’ stability. This heightens their ability to provide fall protection to the monument’s 3.5 million anticipated annual visitors.
The architectural mesh matched the aesthetic standards of the national landmark through the attention to detail and customization options for which Banker Wire has become known. The single most important detail in this installation was the repeatability of the mesh pattern – and, as with every Banker Wire project, a wire weave was created to ensure that repeatability.
This installation used bronze, giving it an unmistakable caramel color. Like the Statue of Liberty itself, bronze Banker Wire architectural mesh is composed of copper, with tin as an additive. Banker Wire architectural mesh is available in a variety of alloys.
Banker Wire worked with fabricator SRS Inc., Metuchen, NJ and distributor Direct Metals Company LLC, Kennesaw, GA to outfit the Statue of Liberty with architectural mesh products that matched the original framework’s durability, functionality and stately aesthetic.