Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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Far, Right: The gate to the Los Angeles residence was designed to appear more like a door than a gate. The 7' tall gate has a "Judas Door" central accent, a smaller door within the door that has a steel grate overlay with a rust wax finish. Openings were left inside the stucco pillars to wire for low voltage landscape lighting. Right: This cedar gate leads to the Wisteria garden at the Los Angeles residence. It was stained with a custom mix to create a golden glow before the purple and blue blossoms beyond. The steel panels were added as an impulsive inspiration from the metal remaining from the other gates on the property. Above: Tillamook City, Ore., sent out a request for projects to create a sculptural gate for its 2nd Street alley. Robert H. Foster Consultants presented the chosen design, which includes historic, economic and cultural icons of the coastal town. Patterns for each Tillamook symbol were created and fed into a laser cutter. The pieces were fabricated in the TROVO Studio metal shop in Portland. They were machine screwed to the back of the frame using ¼" spacers, setting each image slightly apart. Right: The finished gate, constructed with ¼" aluminum plate and tubing that was powder coated to maintain vivid colors, was installed in the alley at a ceremonial ribbon cutting in November 2015. The base footing was installed first and allowed to cure for a few days before the gate was hung. Photo: Ketti Kupper Photo: Ketti Kupper ing from the other gates. A brown wax surface protects the patina. The oiled bronze handles, found on each gate at the residence, were imported from France. The gate at the La Canada, Calif., residence is a rust colored patina steel flanked by concrete block pillars clad in black slate. The bronze resin bowl planters on top of the columns comple- ment the hues of the fence as well as the natural surrounding landscape. January 2016 23 Robert H. Foster Consultants In Tillamook City, Ore., a town well known for its dairy products, a unique gate was needed for the 2nd Street Alley. The gate was designed by Robert H. Foster, and represents the historic, economic and cultural heritage of the town. After approval by the city, the sketch was created electronically in AutoCad. Patterns for each Tillamook symbol were then created and fed into a laser cut- ter. The pieces were fabricated in the TROVO Studio metal shop in Port- land with ¼" aluminum plate and tubing, and powder coated to achieve the vivid colors. They were machine screwed to the back of the frame us- ing ¼" spacers, setting each image slightly apart. To install the gate, the base footing was installed first and left to cure for a few days. The gate was then hung at a ceremonial ribbon cutting cer- emony on November 16, 2015.

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