Some call them ‘collapsible gates’, others call them ‘scissor gates’. At one time, these ubiquitous geometric pieces of art in steel were fashionable throughout Malaysia and Singapore.
Many shops installed these in front of their normal doors, as deterrent/protective barriers against break-ins. Home owners too have them affixed to their front and rear doors, in order to keep out uninvited guests of dishonor. Most of these installations were painted with a silver paint, though other colors were used occasionally.
And, many small workshops and foundries throughout the country enjoyed brisk sales from this ‘tradition’.
Alas, these days we see fewer and fewer of such installations – perhaps they are now regarded as ‘ugly’ and ‘uncool’. However, someone told me that this ‘Retro’ style is making a comeback. That would be nostalgic renaissance indeed.