Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural FenceContemporary Landscape, Philadelphia
Photographer: Tom Crane
Made of 300, 10-foot steel blades set upright 8 inches apart, the award winning Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural fence was designed for a home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania as a yard sculpture that also keeps deer out.
Made of COR-TEN, a steel alloy that eliminates the need for painting and maintains a rich, dark rust color without corroding, the fence stanchions were cut with a plasma cutter from sheets of the alloy.
Each blade stands 8 feet above grade, set in concrete 3 feet below, weighs 80-90 pounds and is 5/8 inch thick. The profile of the blades is an irregular trapezoid with no horizontal connections or supports. Only the gate has two horizontal bars, and each leaf weighs 1200 pounds.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
As mentioned, steel fencing is more expensive. However, design simplicity may solve part of the cost issue. The fence in the Philadelphia residence above is definitely high-end, but perhaps you have a much shorter distance to cover, and a choice like this might be a good fit.
The sculptural quality of open fencing is amply demonstrated in this custom-made, curvaceous example, made of 300 Cor-Ten noncorroding steel alloy blades, angle cut at the top and set into a 3-foot concrete base 8 inches apart.
1. A sculptural fence. Cor-Ten steel blades (300 of them) make up this sculptural fence that winds around a Philadelphia residence. They’re 8 feet tall, which keeps out local deer, so the fence “is sculptural as well as functional,” says Bridget O’Brien of Archer & Buchanan Architecture. A sculptural fence comes with a high price, but for the right home, it can be the perfect custom touch.
This sepentine Cor-Ten steel fence without doubt has its ancestry in the ha-ha. The gaps between the uprights allow enough view through from one side to the other while creating a secure barrier. The serpentine shape also allows for different viewpoints as someone moves within the garden.