3 Unbelievably Creative Uses for Wire Mesh
June 10, 2015 by Joe Ness
For centuries, wire mesh and its variations have protected people and fortified structures. Medieval knights wore chainmail to absorb the fierce blows of axes and swords in battle. During that same era, artillery gunners protected themselves behind small gabion structures. Gabion is latin for big cage. To make one, rocks are encased in wire mesh to make short walls and other barricade-like structures. Later on, this same idea was used by civil engineers to hold back earth that was causing rockslides around roads and other public areas.
Today, wire mesh is used for decoration as much as protection. People have invented beautifully genius ways to use wire mesh materials in art and design. Here are the most inspiring creative uses:
1. Metal Art
Two artists have really caught our eye with their intricate wire mesh designs.
The first is Kendra Haste. She is a sculpture artist who created 13 wire mesh animals from the Tower of London’s historic menagerie. They are called the Royal Beasts. Haste represents the majesty of each animal to the fullest. Her attention to detail and skillful craftsmanship bring movement to the strong wire mesh material that each animal is formed with:
The second artist is Seung Mo Park who uses a completely different sculpting technique. Park works by layering sheets of wire mesh and then removing bits and pieces. Depth is created and haunting forms are revealed:
Wire mesh isn’t just beautiful as stand-alone art. Architects and designers have started using it to create beautiful building façades. Here are a few of our own examples, both practical and decorative.
A California artist recently used our own coiled wire fabric, Fabricoil, to add some artistic flair to The Vermont, a luxury high-rise apartment complex in Los Angeles.
The three-dimensional art installation is 75 feet wide and 45 feet high, and made from a mix of steel and aluminum. You can learn more about the materials and how they were installed here.
3. Installing Architectural Art
Curious how a giant sculpture like that comes to life? It’s an involved process. For this project, the artist worked with the manufacturer for design engineering support and a structural engineer to insure it was securely attached to the building.
Watch this time lapse video of the installation to see how the design became a reality:
Projects using traditional wire mesh typically require a lot of engineering to work out the structural requirements needed to support the material. With the right product, material and support your project can be designed and installed efficiently and successfully.
If you’re considering using wire mesh products, our Fabricoil architectural coiled wire fabric systems are offered in a wide selection of weaves, materials and finishes. Fabricoil can be used for interior and exterior applications and is available with engineered attachment systems. Contact us to see how we can help bring your next project to life.
Have you seen a creative use for wire mesh that we didn’t mention in this post? If so, please let us and other readers know your ideas in the comments below.
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