St Louis, Missouri -- Chemline Inc. helped recently in the creation of a giant replica of the Statue of Liberty for an 18 000-delegate travel convention in the Edwards Jones Dome at America's Center in St Louis.
The 130-ft (40-m) tall Statue of Liberty was made by an Indiana-based company from expanded polystyrene foam, with a protective polyurea coating, for the 8 Aug 2008 national convention of YTB Inc. (Your Travel Business), one of the top ten internet-based travel sellers in the world.
The foam statue was divided into 106 sections for carving and production, with a two-component, high-pressure, spray-applied polyurea coating made by Chemline, based in St Louis. "Chemthane 7446FR was exactly what we needed for this job," said the sculptor. The product cures to the touch within 10 seconds, gives a smooth finish after spraying, and has Class 1 (ASTM E-84) fire rating to meet the strict fire codes of the St Louis Fire Department.
"We love this coating. It's not only good for making the statue. We can now use the spray equipment and Chemline's polyurea hard coat on our future projects. This will save us a lot of money when compared to the small cartridges," commented the fabricator's general manager.
Once all the sections of the statue were sprayed and painted with a Sherwin-Williams UV resistant Patina Green topcoat, they were loaded into 80 semi-trailers and shipped to the Edwards Jones Dome in St. Louis, where the team had about 48 h to reassemble them.
Each section was hoisted into place and secured to a steel framework. The seams between sections were filled in with canned polyurethane foam, which was then carved smooth and painted to hide the seam.
The statue was unveiled to cheering crowds from behind a large white, floor-to-ceiling curtain that acted as a projection screen for visuals of flags and scenes of American history.
Now the statue looks set to be reassembled and permanently installed on an island in Wolfe Lake Park, Hammond, Indiana.