A metal mesh screen can provide a semitransparent plane and support for vines to grow on. • provide a semitransparent screen that can be partially seen through. Panels of metal screen are often used in the vertical plane and must be attached to another element such as a wood post or masonry wall for support. The thickness of the wire and the spacing varies with manufacturer, so there is a range of available screen units. Metal Screens Metal screens are typically constructed of wire to form panels of a given size. One distinct quality of wrought iron is that it can be twisted and shaped into simple or elaborate patterns, thus giving it great flexibility in use and appearance. • establish a foreground texture and color when placed against a flat surface. Metal screen material can be employed in the landscape to:
• create a semitransparent screen that functions like a scrim to partially conceal or reveal what is on the other side. One other aspect of wrought iron is that most features made with the material are custom handcrafted and so are relatively expensive to fabricate. Figure 12-67
Potential patterns for a wood fence. • create simple or highly elaborate patterns that are appealing when seen silhouetted against a simple background. Wrought iron can be used to:
• construct custom fences to the exact specifications established by the designer. • establish a historic quality, especially when painted black. • establish a hip urban and industrial appearance in a landscape.