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Some of the World's Strangest Fences


"QUANTUM SHOT" #468
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This article is co-written by RJ Evans and A. Abrams

If you got boring stuff... at least make a groovy fence around it

Well, spiders weave webs, and we humans can't seem to get off our fascination with building fences, hedges, borders and all kinds of restrictive and limiting structures. Some are clearly necessary (like this one guarding peace and quiet of a system administrator) -



...while others can be a nuisance and pretty ugly to look at.

So we decided to dig up a few better examples to start off the "Fence Glorification" Revolution world-wide (or something like it).

You'll see the bursts and splats of human creativity lavished on gates and fences - sometimes even making them more interesting than the actual stuff they enclose. Let's start with -

License Plate Fence




(images credit: Bugsy /Justin Sailor)

If you can't help thinking that some cannibal family (from a place where the hills have eyes) built this - and even start calculating how many victims these guys could have devoured over the years - you can stop scaring yourself. This fence is located in Missouri and probably just reflects the owner's love for traveling.

This Fence Ain’t Going Nowhere

What a weird, haunting sight... Yes, we get the hint: "the locked fence is locked". Or maybe the previous fence got stolen and the owners refuse to take any chances? Seen north of Chinatown in New York. Update: Look closely, and you'll even notice children faces on these locks... the plot thickens.


(image credit: Andrew)

Another fence that's not going anywhere (being completely eaten by a tree, rust and all) -


(image credit: Kevin O'Mara)

Danger of Drowning

Could this little bit of land contain a multi-dimensional wormhole that leads to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? We certainly hope not.


(image credit: Peter Johnston)

The Insulator Fence

You've heard of electric fences. But what about an insulator fence? Makes sense, if it's a part of an Insulator House.


(image credit: magarell)

A Roller-Coaster Ride



(images credit: Chris & Becca Thompson)

If Doc Brown from "Back to the Future" had a white picket fence, then this is the one you can imagine him having! Constructed in Sonoma, perhaps the owner wished to show to the world their own carefree take on life. The world turns and greets with a smile another harmless eccentric, then turns away and mutters "Irretrievably barking mad" under its breath.

"A tidy fence is a sign of a sick mind"

You know the saying -"A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind". Now extrapolate it toward the whole business of erecting fences. There must be geniuses living behind this one (somewhere in Austin, TX)



(image credit: katken)

The "All the Fun of the Fair" fence

Someone with a dual fetish for fairground horses and unloved mannequins must have been responsible for this fence in New York. A strange combination by anyone’s reckoning, this fence is at once funny and strangely disconcerting:


(image credit: J. Niles Clement)

Obladi Oblada Life Goes On Bra

...and up the fence, like in this case:


(image credit: Rob O'Neill)

(image credit: Dave)

You notice this fence goes on pretty much forever. No shortage of bras in New Zealand... (or at least in Cardrona, Otago Province).

This is more proof, if you needed it, of the bizarre but often sublime human ability to demonstrate daftness on a massive scale. In 1999 four bras were inexplicably left on the fence. By the next year there were two hundred. Now this rural fence in the middle of nowhere is festooned with the things and has become a huge tourist attraction.

If an idea is good then a variation on a theme often works too - witness a Shoe Fence:


(image credit: Rachel Yerbury)

You have to hand it to our friends from New Zealand. They have an idea. It works. They stick with it. What are they going to throw on a fence next? (my vote is for more bras, of course)

The Scottish Sheep Fence Thingy



(images credit: Dick Edie)

You have probably seen the pictures of webs created by spiders after scientists had administered various amounts of illegal substances to them. One shudders to think what the perpetrator, sorry builder, of this fence had ingested before he had the cunning plan of creating this beauty in which to keep his sheep! Located in Crinan in Scotland.

Something about this fence figure... is not quite right

There is a doll inside this thing somewhere (silently screaming).


(image credit: Thomas Giuretis)

More groovy fences around the world:



Russian Cheburashka (their version of a hobbit) makes his appearance, again:



Speaking of Russian fences, what kind of logic is this? At least it's carefully locked -



This gate says "Russia"... It's tightly locked and yet not even a fence in sight. There is a deeper meaning to this picture, which becomes a symbol in itself (especially if the rest of the fence was stolen and turned in for vodka) -


(image credit: A. Lebedev)

Give your dog more personal space. He'll be a happier dog then. (Order this "Pet Peak" fence enhancement here)



Some fences have more gruesome history than their owners care to admit:



These pencils are ready to become a part of a pencil fence:




(image credit: Saima)

This is only a sample of the weird fences around the world. There are many more (check out for example, toothebrush Fence, or the Musical Fence, on which you can actually play like on musical instrument...). Even your own short drives into backcountry might uncover some wonders of local creativity - certainly a welcome change from an endless stream of featureless, utilitarian fence designs.



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19 Comments:

Anonymous pat said...

I have never seen mattress springs used like the last photo. Such a whimsical figure. I love it.

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Anonymous Shadoglare said...

The padlock fence is probably one of the variants of this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_padlocks

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Thank you Shadoglare - good catch!

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Blogger elve said...

In the first years after WW2, when Holland (and other west-european countries) were littered with old malfunctioning aircraft bombs, some people build fences out of (loaded!) bombs

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Blogger lodefinition said...

May one contribute other fence pix? How 'bout fence made of live woven cactus? Pls advise how best send pix?

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

elve - great piece of info, wish there were any pictures of it...

Iodefinition - please send the pic to abramsv@gmail.com

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that the mattress sculpture outside ReUse Industries (the salvage store) in Ames, Ohio?
It certainly looks like it.

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Anonymous CoffeeJedi said...

The brick children emerging from the brick wall isn't really a fence per. se. Its a sculpture here in Charlotte NC. I will admit I did find it a bit creepy at first glance, but its actually quite cute.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vortex house in houston:

http://www.treehousebydesign.com/blog/images/vortex_house.jpg

Also, beer can house in houston:

http://www.instablogsimages.com/images/2008/01/02/beer-_can-house-1_6648.jpg

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing how poorly researched this post is. Did you not notice the faces on the padlocks?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "danger of drowning" fence is probaly concealing an old well.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 things

The scottish sheep fence is obvious to me. He had literally hundreds of 2 foot boards, a sheep can easily scale/jump a 2 foot fence so he did the next best thing and just stuck them all together.

Lastly I have that freakin mattress that the sculpture was made from! Its like almost antique and its one of the first boxsprings with uncovered coils. The frame is exceptionally strong, In fact I only kept it because my plan was to cut it in half and put hinges on it to make a crazy chair/couch. Of course mine has no rust. Nice pics/idea.

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Blogger Dwayne "the canoe guy" said...

Years agao there was a fence outside of Oklahoma City that had Catfish heads on each of the posts. They were in various stages of decomp.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I like about the sheep fence is that it looks like the SHEEP built it to keep the FARMER out of their hair...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheburashka has nothing to do with hobbit.

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Blogger Maria Looking 4 Maria said...

awesome

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

cheburashka is not a hobit :) it is a stuffed toy, refer to his self-titled song for more info ;)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"cheburashka is not a hobit :) it is a stuffed toy, refer to his self-titled song for more info ;)"

cheburashka is a caracter of russian childrens story. Hi is a frend of Crocodyl Gena.

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Anonymous Brent said...

I love the one with the bricks and little boy baseball player. This is a great collection

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