Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural Fence

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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pennelope_kaserePennelope Kasere wrote:7 February 2016
  • Pennelope Kasere
    6 years ago
    l know rhigt
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    Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.
    6 years ago

    Thanks! :)

idesignnickNick Wall Design + Build wrote:10 August 2014
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    Nick Wall Design + Build
    7 years ago
    Hi Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.
    Many thanks - I wondered if a template was used to help speed up and guide to fitters (bear in mind they still had to ensure each was plumb as well as following the designed curve. The template obviously has to be made to a high standard (probably laser cut I would guess) to follow such shapely Sine Wave form and was no doubt costly considering its single bespoke use. Great to see such attention to detail. Unfortunately in my experience it's rare to find budgets big enough to stretch to this standard however well appreciated the design is! Keep up the fine work! Nick Wall
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    Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.
    7 years ago
    Thank you very much for all the kind feedback!
kerrie_dunstan92Kerrie Dunstan wrote:26 March 2016
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    Tom Crane Photography, Inc.
    6 years ago

    the fence was custom made using Corten Steel....

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    Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.
    6 years ago
    last modified: 6 years ago

    This fence was custom designed for a client in Pennsylvania, and unfortunately we can not recommend a supplier of Cor-Ten steel outside of Pennsylvania, USA. Cor-Ten steel is a very difficult material to work with and should only be handled by a skilled professional. Best of luck with your project!

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Randall Tangan added this to Backyard Secure Fencing7 days ago

no top cross-piece to plant a foot on; see-thru

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