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5 Examples Of Chain Link Fences

If you have a chain link fence then you probably know how functional, secure, and affordable they are. Chain link fencing is not very popular for its style, and many people are looking for ways to camouflage their chain link fences with landscaping. However, chain link fencing provides many visual benefits and have created a visual culture of their own. Before you break out the flowers, take a look at these five examples of how plain chain link fences can be amazing visual statements. 

Chain Link Fence Can Improve Your Health 

One of the main benefits of chain link fencing is how secure it is, which is why it is often used, with strict safety guidelines, around prisons. However, one benefit original prison designers might not have been counting on is that chain link fencing can possibly improve inmate health and reduce stress. 

Several psychological studies have found that prison inmates with a window facing green views as opposed to buildings and walls have lower levels of stress and fewer health complaints, which allows them to interact with other prisoners in a less violent manner. The benefit of an unobstructed view while remaining secure can be extended to hospitals, schools, and even private residences. If you are facing a park or other green space, consider leaving your fence bare so you can benefit from the natural views. 

Some Chain Link Fencing is Historically Protected 

Although a large percentage of the fencing in the United States is chain link fencing, many people are unimpressed by it. However, before you tear out your current chain link fencing, you should check to make sure it is not historically protected. Chain link fencing has its own history, stretching back over 100 years, and it has been used in many historically significant neighborhoods. 

Frank Gehry Featured Chain Link Fencing in His Architectural Critique of Deconstructionism 

Frank Gehry is a famous, contemporary architect who is known for his explorations in deconstructionism and post-structural architecture. His personal property, in Santa Monica, California, is one of his well-known pieces that has become a tourist attraction. It features, among other materials, a large chain link fence surrounding the second floor balcony of the building. This should give you some idea of how important chain link fencing is to modern architecture and culture.

Although you might not be ready to turn your home into an architectural critique, you can use chain link fencing to make a statement about life, your neighborhood, or society in general. 

A Chain Link Fence Helped Make Gia Carangi Famous 

Gia Carangi, better known as simply Gia, was a fashion model famous in the late seventies and early eighties. She challenged the fashion industry by presenting a different look and a different attitude than the usual models of the time. She was well-known for being bi-sexual and willing to take artistic risks. 

Gia's breakout photo shoot featured her posing naked behind a chain link fence. The photography utilized the idea that chain link fences allow safety but do not always ensure privacy while showcasing her tough, risk-taking attitude. Similarly, your chain link fence teases at your private life while providing protection for your family and pets. 

Chain Link Is Evolving Into Its Own Art Style 

A Dutch design company has taken the functionality of chain link fencing one step further and introduced lace fencing. Lace fencing integrated various patterns into traditional woven chain link fencing. This effectively turns each section of fence into a piece of artwork to be displayed as well as a functional fence. You could compare the technique and time involved in the difference between a machine woven garment and something that has been hand knitted. 

You may not be able to weave your own fence, but you can integrate other types of art into your fence without completely covering it. Yarn art and pinwheels are two popular trends at the moment. 

Before you cover your chain link fence, take a moment to reflect on its deep historical and cultural implications and appreciate it for its modern place in society.