Yudron wrote:I'm having a new iron security fence built, and I have the opportunity to have an iron ornament fabricated and welded on to it--this is pretty common. I'm thinking a lotus motif, like a simple line drawing, might be nice. Has anyone out there done anything like that?
You could always look for an 'artist blacksmith' and work together on a design that will be possible to make and which looks good. Alternatively, give the brief to a local school as a competition and see what they can design and manufacture for you.
Robert Beer's books have loads of designs you could work from either as welded iron bar or as sheet metal shapes. As it is a security fence you could use a protective mantra or mandala, or a thigle or gakyil.
You could always commission gates or a design to be attached to the gates, which is a focal point for most people with security fences etc.
In the UK there is funding for schools to work with artists blacksmiths as art projects - maybe the US/State does something similar in funding art.
I've commissioned this artist to work with a local school, for example: http://www.melissacole.co.uk/index.html
Here's another example: http://www.hazelmooreartistblacksmiths. ... fo.php?p=7
Of course, if it were me, it would have to be a Garuda!