SST Recovery Stroke Wing - CODAworx

SST Recovery Stroke Wing

Client: McKoy-Beaty LLC

Location: Sumter, SC, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $113,000

Project Team


Grainger McKoy


McKoy-Beaty LLC

McKoy-Beaty LLC

Industry Resource

Jerry Sensenig

Charles S. Shirk Trucking

Industry Resource

ART Research Enterprises, INC

ART Research Enterprises, INC


Artist Granger McKoy was commissioned to design a sculpture for installation in the fountain at Swan Lake in Sumter, South Carolina. The goal was to select materials capable of withstanding the water environment while maintaining the sculpture’s finish. Granger McKoy conceptualized a Stainless Steel Recovery Wing for the project, and ART Research was entrusted with casting production and the meticulous cleaning and pacification of the stainless steel to ensure its durability and longevity in the aquatic setting.


The goal was to use materials that would sustain the finish of the sculpture in water. A Stainless Steel Recovery Wing was designed by artist and ART Research produced the casting and did a clean and pacification of the Stainless Steel.


The lost wax casting process begins with the creation of a rubber production mold from the artist's original wood sculpture. This mold captures every intricate detail of the sculpture's surface. Next, molten stainless steel is poured into the mold, allowing it to take on the exact shape and texture of the original artwork. Once the stainless steel has cooled and solidified, the mold is removed, revealing the newly cast stainless steel sculpture. This method ensures that each piece retains the unique characteristics and fine craftsmanship of the artist's original creation, resulting in a stunning and durable final product.

Additional Information

A 12-foot stainless steel casting, finished with glass beads and highlighted details, meticulously assembled in collaboration with the artist.