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.

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This photo has 6 questions
Eileen Murphy wrote:Dec 26, 2012
  • Heather Jennings
    Do you worry about the freeze/thaw cycle of the concrete?
  • PRO
    Onyx Construction
    Great use of materials and simplicity.
Erik Jones wrote:Apr 7, 2013
markco1 wrote:Dec 24, 2017
fahmi_widyananda wrote:Jun 15, 2013
  • PRO
    Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.
    It is a type of steel referred to as weathering steel or trademarked COR-TEN steel. It is a group of steel alloys developed to form a stable rust-like appearance. The steel forms a protective layer on its surface under the influence of weather and essentially is allowed to rust in order to form a "protective" coating.
  • myaglubpanny
    Looks awfully expensive, not to mention labor costs.
annelmooney wrote:Jun 13, 2013
ddicenzo wrote:Aug 19, 2017

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Carol Crotta added this to Good Fences, Good Neighbors — and Good ViewsSep 4, 2014

The 10-foot-tall verticals are all the more striking for the absence of horizontal supports.

Spry Architecture added this to Beauty Goes Beyond the Eye of the BeholderAug 18, 2013

Perspective and Transparency "Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity." — Robert Morgan This meandering fence's transparency changes according to your location relative to the fence.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Jeanne D added this to My ideasJun 4, 2019

Cattails fencing to hind equipment

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