Why Steel

Steel Sculpture Competition

April 11-13, 2018 - The five finalists will be put on display at the 2018 NASCC: The Steel Conference in Baltimore, where attendees will vote for the ultimate winner.  

The winner will receive coverage in Modern Steel Construction, AISC's Facebook and Twitter pages, a catered lunch for their company (up to $500 value), and the opportunity to be displayed in AISC’s office for an entire year!  


  • The sculpture must be steel (and only steel) but shapes, sizes and type of material can be your personal preference. 
  • The sculpture must be made entirely by your staff.
  • The finished sculpture must fit in a 2-by-2-by-2 foot box for shipping.
  • All entries must include a title and the name of the company submitting the project. 
  • There's no theme! But keep in mind the characteristics of steel: adaptable, economical, quick, and sustainable.
  • Entrants do not have to be a SteelDay host, but be an AISC full or associate member. 

How to take an award winning photo

  • Lighting: Shoot your sculpture by a window to utilize natural light. Direct sunlight will wash out your sculpture. No window? Face a light towards your sculpture.
  • Background: Use a plain background that doesn't blend in and highly contrasts with your sculpture. All white (usually) works best. 
  • Quality: Take it on a camera (DSLR preferably) to show your sculpture at its best.