Three fictional fences that may not be so helpful.
We take a look at the harsh realities behind popular boundary constructions on the screen and in the page…
1) The Wall in the North
A colossal wall of snow and ice, stretching for a hundred leagues, this wall is the only thing defending Westeros from various ne’er-do-wells who live beyond it. However practicalities must be considered when assessing it a suitable boundary marker. To start with, it’s 200 metres high and frozen solid. There goes your late afternoon sun. Security is stretched thin – and do you have the space (and climate) to handle this in the typical Kiwi suburb? After all, even a Lannister might struggle to pay the debts regular maintenance such a fence demands.
2) Aunt Polly’s fence
A wooden fence doesn’t at first glance seem like a bad option for Aunt Polly. But there’s more to consider than just the “thirty yards of board fence nine feet high”. Regular wood construction maintenance costs can be sapping for one thing. Then, in the case of Tom Sawyer’s work painting said fence, there are various sub-contracting issues to weigh up. And can you be sure of his quality control expertise, health and safety protocols and general project management focus? It’s probably better to simply invest in a well-designed and durable aluminium fence.
3) The Dome
Fences are designed for many purposes but, primarily, they are made to keep some things out… and some things in. When you’re investing what must be millions of dollars in an all-encompassing dome to keep a hugely popular television programme running (and all those people on the crew in jobs), you want it to, well… work. First, you’ll want the construction to seamlessly blend into the surrounding environment. Second, you’ll need your sub-contractors to, above all, keep Truman Burbank inside the ‘fence’. Because without him there is no Truman Show.