Some “weighty” decisions had to be made in regards to the upcoming show.
When I say weighty I mean as in: “man that weighs too much , we have to reengineer !“
The planter boxes , of which there are approx. 64 lineal feet at 20 inches high are now going to be constructed out of light weight sheet styrofoam and covered with tomato soup orange eco-stucco ( # 2 from photo ).
We’ll use the commonly found insulation sheets of styrofoam - probably the 3/4 inch
The small square water feature that abuts the venetian plaster ( warm mustard yellow ) will be crafted out of thin strips of slate stacked one on top of the other . ( # 4 from photo )
The bio wall is still being experimented with, but we’ve concluded that it will have to be built and transported in several different sections and then re-bolted together at the show.
I am hoping that we can avoid small ‘gaps’ in the segmented sections.
We also cut down on the height of the wall.
It was going to be 3 flats high with a top planting of bromeliads which would bring the over all height to over five feet tall, and instead have decided plant the wall 2.5 flats tall and top it off with about 1 to 1.5 feet tall of bromeliads and orchids.
This new revision will allow people who don’t want to wait in a ( inevitable ) line to view the garden from standing outside of the exhibit ( It is a ‘walk -through’ , handicapped access display)
Bio wall individual flats - 3 high
Bio wall indvidual flats - photo shows 2 flats high - we’re going 2.5 high
Aeoniums and other succulents growing in pots . These will be planted infront of the bamboo planter and infill the bio wall.
The shower wall still has to be built using standard construction techniques due to the extremely heavy weight of the stacked Thai pebbles.
Each 2 foot by 6 foot insert panel will weight several hundred pounds so the framework really needs to be beefy to accommodate both the weight and the thickness of the stones.
( # 5 + 6 from photo )
Back to the studio !
That’s the update for now.