Archive | October, 2012

Yard Dog by Don Kennell

30 Oct

Meet Don Kennell sculptor and artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, the creative force behind “Yard Dog” a giant dog sculpture made out of corrugated sheet metal and powder coated steel frames. The functional work of art graces parks and recreational areas in America and comes complete with a porch swing, hanging from the dog’s belly to provide a shady spot to sit in. The sculpture stands 12 feet tall, 25 feet long and 8 feet wide. It’s made from welded and powder coated steel frames on which the sculptor bolted corrugated steel sheets. To prevent injury, steel edges have been folded under steel flanges and a UV resistant lacquer protects the piece from the harsh elements.


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Sheet Metal Lighthouses

29 Oct

I ancient times and before the development of clearly defined ports, seafarers was guided by fires on hilltops. It later became practice to raise the visibility of the fire, by placing in on a platform and thus the idea of the modern day lighthouse was born. In ancient times however these beacons functioned more as entrance markers to ports than warning signals for reefs and promontories like today.

As building methods and materials evolved, so did the construction of lighthouses and I was curious to see if I could find any examples of sheet metal lighthouses. To my delight I found a beautiful collection of examples from all over the world. Enjoy!

Pictures from various sources.

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Corrugated Philately

26 Oct

Architecture has widely been celebrated  in special edition postage stamps all over the world. The USA and Australia however paid special homage to corrugated iron, which forms a large part of both countries’ architectural heritage.

The same can be said of South Africa’s rich architectural legacy of Victorian buildings…..hint hint SA Post Office 🙂

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Places of Worship

25 Oct

The use of sheet metal is synonmous with Victorian architecture. It is therefore no suprise that this building material features extensively in beautiful examples of historical places of worship all over the world. Have a look at some stunning examples….

Pictures from various sources

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Using Corrugated Sheet Metal in Gardens

24 Oct

The use of corrugated sheetmetal makes for interesting accents when incorporated in ourdoor livings spaces and gardens. Whether used as a design element in a boundary wall, or a backdrop to an outdoor shower or simply used in constructing a raised flower bed. Have a look at these inetresting ideas….

Pictures from various sources

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Casa Kike, Costa Rica by Gianni Botsford Architecture

23 Oct

How absolutely stunning is this double pavilion residence in Costa Rica by Gianni Botsford Architecture? Set in a lush tropical garden, the structure sits on a foundation of Wooden Stilts, sets in small concrete foundations. The main studio space houses a library, writing desk and grand piano – which serves as the owner, a writer’s, daytime writing space. A connecting walkway joins the first pavilion to the second which houses the sleeping quarters and bathrooms.

We absolutely adore the corrugated cladding and the library space is to die for!


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Corrugated Kitchens

22 Oct

Who says that sheet metal roofing belongs only on a roof? Sheet metal can be used as a stunning architectural feature in just about any room of a home.

Today we have a look at how sheet metal can be incorporated in a kitchen as a very effective design element, whether used as ceiling or wall cladding or even as part of the actual cabinetry.


Pictures from various sources

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