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Metal Planters In American Architecture

American architecture has some of its own notable personalities and styles. While many of the styles take their inspiration from European and British schools, there are also innovations that are uniquely American. The 4508550716_674b816ab1_oAmerican Renaissance brought striking mixtures of different styles, along with fresh ideas and interpretations. Along with those interpretations and styles come unique accent pieces. In this case we are going to look at metal planters in American Architecture.

Bespoke Metal Planters

Metal planters can bring quality and function to your home and to architectural settings. Corporations are leaning, more and more, toward using plants and planters in architectural statements on their grounds. Even indoors, plants and their containers will help to define spaces, break up sound transmission, and filter light. To accomplish this, bespoke metal planters make all the difference. Modern manufacturing processes give designers free rein to bend, melt, weld, and otherwise shape metal into just about any form. These versatile designs and materials enrich the areas in which they are placed.

Uses for Planters

Some parking lots, rather than using medians, go a step further by using planters for section definition. A ranch planter, which is straight-sided, rectangular structures, can be manufactured out of stainless steel and used in space definition in parking lots, patio areas, and traffic areas on the grounds around the building. These can be planted with what are often called “windbreak” plants. These are often junipers that have a dense branching pattern with small leaves that absorb sound and dirt. These trees can be left to grow naturally, 8415950442_50c77dba47_bor trimmed into cone shapes or topiary shapes. However, for use in windbreak, dirt, or sound control, the trees are best left to grow in cone shape, at the least. By cutting out the branches you can create attractive shapes that will serve as decorative elements, breaking up the industrial look of man-made structures.

Planters are also used indoors for great effect. One company countersunk 3 metre aluminum circles, reminiscent of stock tanks, in a river rock bed. This was in the center of a huge hotel lobby. These circles were planted with decorative grasses, all of the same species, so that the effect was striking. The similar plantings in each of the metal planters gave a sense of order to their unexpected presence.

Elemental Design

In Elemental Design, you can expect to see long lines and tapered sides, often including asymmetrical angles and edges. These pieces are quite understated, but subtly complex with the prism shapes and unexpected angles. These elemental shapes are usually artistic interpretations of shapes in nature, and of shapes of items humans create to deal with nature. There are seldom curves on these designs, and since straight lines do not exist in nature, the contrast of straight, manmade lines with off-center, asymmetrical lines make these planters natural conversation starters and welcome additions to any landscape or garden area.


These metal planters are available in many different finishes. You can find wrought iron, cast aluminum powder-coat, natural, and many other finishes to these fine works of art.

Surfing In Iraq

Iraq has long been in the international spotlight for very unpleasant reasons. But, there is at least one reason to see this ancient country in a positive light. Iraq is a great surfing destination! Surfing in Iraq is growing increasingly popular as more and more people learn of the great beaches and awesome waves. Don’t expect to get the same waves you would surfing at a Cornwall Surfing School, but you’ll find that Iraq ranks right up there with some of the best surfing experiences.


Iraqi Coastline

Iraq doesn’t have much coastline, and what it does have is in the Persian Gulf. But, what a coastline it is! This is a beautiful beach, and about twice a year, you will find unbelievable surf. The regular weather does not stir up much in the way of surf, and waves are pretty tame most of the time. But, watch the weather reports, and keep your passport handy, because when storms pass over the Persian Gulf from the Indian Ocean, you are in for a great ride. The Arabian Sea is also a great source for weather patterns that can create great surf off the Iraqi coast.

Weather Systems

These weather systems from the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea will often sit on the Iraqi coast for days. Even Bahrain will find that it has decent waves, along with Western Iran and Qatar. Kuwait, which has most of the coastline on the northwestern side of the gulf, will also have some great surfing opportunities.

Sure, you hear about the sandstorms in this part of the world, and men and women serving in the military have watched the beach change shape often. But, while Qatar is getting a tremendous sandstorm, you may find terrific waves in Iraq.

1063602148_4f46757c7f_oRare Waves

There are the great surfing opportunities in Iraq, and then there are the rare waves that give you a shot at greatness. This part of the harbor is dredged regularly, and sometimes the Al Faw Peninsula will peel off a sliding left hander. Some surfers consider it worth the effort to be there when the weather is right, just to cash in on such an opportunity.

Typically, the Al Faw Peninsula will have great learners waves, with swells tending toward the southeast. You can count on an average 2 metre swell off this coastline, with a NW wind. The Peninsula is one of the top rated surfing spots in this area.


You’ll have a little extra preparation if you plan to surf in Iraq. Remember, there is more than just beach sand to contend with. Go prepared to protect all of your electronics, including your camera and phone, from the ever-present sand. You’ll also want to pack plenty of drinking water. Keep the items you use regularly in a backpack or day bag so that you can have it handy at the beach. It pays to take snacks with you, too, to refuel for the next wave.