Been watching Matthew Hayden’s Home Ground and keen to know where he got those amazing steel garden bed sculptures?
Well, the man behind the plan is Ken from Hy-Way Sunvisors in Sydney’s east, a company with over four decades of experience in steel fabrication.
“We make all sorts of steel sculptures here but the garden bed variety have become particularly popular over the last three or four years,” says Ken. “We are also commonly asked for sculptures that can be housed in front of buildings, erected behind pools or hung on walls as signs.”
The garden bed structures are made from architectural, weathering steel, best-known under the trademark COR-TEN. It gets a rust coating very quickly and lasts for a long time whereas other steel continues to rust right through.
Ken made Matthew Hayden’s sculptures out of five pieces of steel 3m long by 2m wide. They had to be rolled into kidney shapes, wielded together and shipped to Queensland on crates.
“Unfortunately this type of steel work is not something you can really do at home,” says Ken. “You are best to get a local fabricator to do it for you. It shouldn’t take more than a week and you are only governed by your imagination and hip pocket. A big job can cost a few thousand dollars but it is well worth it!”