Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wired together or Unwired

I took this photo in Halifax on Monday of a tree surrounded by two stone walls demonstrating two very different treatments of construction. The wall in the background is what's called a gabion wall. The stones are held together inside wire cages 

The foreground wall is a simply traditional dry laid wall. It utilizes stones held together by the virtue of the way they have been skillfully fitted together. 

The builder employs the elements of mass and friction and the unique shape of every stone to create a solid immovable wall. Which wall looks better? Which wall will not rust? Which wall has less manufactured material ? Which wall will require less work to repair?


  1. Gabions are all the rage in Germany now - in my opinion a tasteless way of plonking down meters of stone wall within a few hours with a forklift. Until now I've seen one single instance of "properly" done gabions where the stones were stacked in an acceptable fashion in the wire basket, but then my thoughts were: Why put wire around it anyway?
    Gabions always give me the urge to get a bolt cutter and set the poor stones free.
    I guess stone walls are falling prey to a industrialized instant gratification society here.