Monday, May 30, 2011

Outdoor Installations 2010-2011 Review

In mid to late-May 2010, I installed Weathered Fence Series #7 in my back yard, and Weathered Fence Series #8 in my front yard, hoping that these pieces would be able to will stay outside for one year at a minimum. Now that May 2011 is drawing to a close, it's time to review how they did outside and decide if they will stay where they are for another year.

These two pieces have lived through days in eastern Massachusetts that were filled with sunshine, pouring rain, strong winds, and/or a number of blizzards which accumulated to a total of 70" of snow over the past winter.

Weathered Fence Series #7
38" w x 49+" h
May 2010 - 2011
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Now that the year is over, I have to say that they have done quite well. There is very little fading, and the only "problem" is a few rust spots on the bottom right section of the front yard piece due to rusting of the pole holding it up.

My understanding when telling people from southern US climates, is that these pieces would never make it in the humidity down there. I don't know if that's true or not. I think I should consider making another one and send it to a family member who lives in Florida and ask if it can be photographed periodically so it can be evaluated over time.

Weathered Fence Series #8
22+" w x 46+" h
May 2010 - 2011
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The Weathered Fences Series is a combination of monoprinted textures of orange construction fences, with painted and hand stamped shapes, on one large piece of fabric. The fabric was stitched to highlight different lines and patterns, and then stiffened to help make it more stable, and to protect the fabric from moisture. Holes were then cut into the work to more resemble actual construction fences, to help enable the viewer to experience nature around and through the work, and allow the wind to blow through them so they are more adaptable in different kinds of weather.