|The major section of steel guardrail for the catwalk hangs from a steel beam, on its way to being installed|
The steel yard was littered with a range of skeletons with circular, arced, and rectangular cutouts, but when I stumbled upon this enigmatic beauty, I immediately knew that this one would look magical.
|2" thick, this 10' x 10' plate of steel weighed a couple thousand pounds before we cut a couple sections from it.|
Here are some photographs of the process, from finding the steel, fabricating it, installing it, and then some artistic shots.
The pieces of steel rail weigh, 675, 375, 350, and 120 pounds, respectively. An electric winch was used to hoist the steel sections into place. Setting up the winch correctly was an engineering feat in itself. Mike and his colleague spent hours talking through each step of the installation process before installation day. It showed-the installation went exactly as planned.
The rails look amazing and unique. It's fun to look up and think about where they came from. From every position throughout the house, their wild curvilinear shapes, rusty and imperfect finish, and their solidness, all add to the aesthetic of the ADU. Daylight and evening house lighting show off the artistic railing and reveal a range of curving contrasts against the colorful backdrop of the walls.
|A series of images of the artistic handrail in different lighting conditions|