Frame for green wall garden

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Project by EPJartisan posted 06-02-2011 03:45 PM 2379 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine Yva Neal, does “Green Walls”. She recently moved into a new studio space with adequate windows to have a sample garden. Unfortunately, the irrigation system had to be installed out side the wall, and was unsightly. So she asked me if I could make her a frame for the wall to cover it.

Ever have one of those projects that just does not gel with ya? Though I had the design inspiration, the actual work was incredibly boring and everything I did was off just a bit … or broke, or I dropped my chisel and had to resharpen it… on and on.. this happens every time I don’t feel a connection to my work… things go wrong.

My inspiration was blue glass to emulate the water that flows through the irrigation tubes. Dark blue at the top (where water would pool) ... getting lighter down the sides (where falling water drops could catch light) I did not want to over power the green-ness of the wall, so I patterned the blue glass as if it was naturally random falling water drops.

Yva was at first was terrified of my idea for blue glass, thinking it would be too industrial looking. The way I work truly frustrates designers, but i know my clients are always entertained by the results. SO I played with her… showed her nothing of the design, or process … and then I installed it one night while she was gone, so she could be surprised the next morning. AND she was! She loves it, she knows me … and should have had faith. :)

~ black walnut, 3 colors of blue glass.. and many coats of poly.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 06-02-2011 04:32 PM

Excellent design choice. I like how the glass tiles reward you for coming in to take a closer look. Nice touch!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 06-02-2011 06:53 PM

Looks great. Nice combination of the glass, colours, and joinery. I see why she liked it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 03:36 AM

I concur! Perfectly done.

-- Dave

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 08:24 AM

Excellent work on this , quite pleasing to the eye. Pleasant surprises are nice.

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#5 posted 06-04-2011 03:15 AM

Very cool… creative and thoughtful. perfect for the green thumb.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 06:36 AM

I really like the way you did this. I also know exactly what you are referring to when you talk about not gelling with a project. I think of it similar to bowling or darts. Sometimes I’m on, and sometimes not so much. Sometimes it is an entire project, and sometimes it is just one part of a project, but every now and again, everything works beautifully, and it feels like acheiving a new high score, and keeps me going.

-- Time to get started

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