Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Beautiful Paving.

While in Barbados, we noticed the creative re-use of bricks and other building materials, in the making excellent mixed paving.  The bricks, it turns out were made available after the demolition of plantation buildings ( mainly old chimneys). The bricks made mostly in Scotland were used as ballast on the ships that in turn, took sugar and molasses in the easterly direction.

Bricks re-used as paving interplanted with ground hugging plants.

Cinder-blocks interplanted with low growing grass make a great parking space.

Jonas Spring loved this sensual surface.


Helen said...

Lovely paving. And lucky you for the Barbadian trip!

Paul Jung said...

I like the use of the cinder block paving to let rainwater percolate through, reducing stormwater runoff. I don't suppose there's a lot of freeze-thaw in this area, lol!

Barry Parker said...

Hi Helen and Paul,

I think only 13degrees north of the equator, so no freeze-thaw. Lots of rain water though!

michael john said...

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Barry Parker said...

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the comment. I am more concerned here about the visual effect here, and actually, have little technical knowledge of the construction of these surfaces.

Judy said...

I live in rural NC... already have my mind spinning around ideas! LOL Love the ideas

Barry Parker said...

Hi Judy,
Lots to think about here, isn't there?

Good luck making and following beautiful paths.

Ryan Mayers said...

Where is this located, what part of Barbados?

Barry Parker said...

As far as I can remember, this was the parking lot of Earthworks Pottery, in St. Thomas, Barbados. I hope this is helpful to you.