On a Fence (Part 1)
In collaboration with graphic designer Yeju Choi
2013
Lumber, reclaimed scaffolding planks, exterior latex paint, sand, steel

Commissioned by the The Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for Paths to Pier 42, a pop-up park in Manhattan's Lower East Side waterfront, this project transforms the fence surrounding the park into an interactive structure that incorporates color and signage on the outside, and seating and play areas on the inside. The project seeks to invert the function and meaning of the fence from a physical barrier to a place of inclusion that brings people together. While the existing chain link fence had to remain, the project does not depend on it for structural support. Rather, the piece bridges over the existing fence without touching it, providing a freestanding and stable structure to which furniture was attached. The piece uses painted vertical wood slats constructed out of 2x4's and reclaimed scaffolding planks as a way to create multiple visual effects in which the fence seems opaque from an oblique angle and porous when looked at straight on. Graphic designer Yeju Choi and I collaborated to develop a color scheme and bold super graphics of arrows pointing towards the entrance that seem to vibrate and change as one moves by the piece.

Construction:
Chat Travieso, Eduardo M. Llinás-Meseguer, and volunteers

Volunteers and Special Thanks:
Jerome Begin, Esmé Boyce, Cody Boyce, Giulia Carotenuto, Charlene Chai, Christine Chang, Isaac Esterman, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), GOLES Healthy Aging Program (GHAP), Grand St. Settlement, Ryan Hartley, Jenny Hong, Heechan Kim, Raj Kottamasu, Colette Krogol, Julian Morales, Ken Murphy, Neta Nakash, Pietro Pagliaro, Carmen Pedroza, Teresa Pedroza, Matt Reeves, Damaris Reyes, Carlina Rivera, Leah Solk, Jeanette “Jet” Toomer, Kristen Wilke, Christine Yao

On a Fence is co-commissioned and presented as part of Paths to Pier 42, a project of Good Old Lower East Side, Hester Street Collaborative, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, in close partnership with the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, NY State Senator Daniel Squadron, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

LMCC's Arts East River Waterfront initiative, including the partnership on Pier 42, provides an opportunity for residents and local artists and community organizations to connect and imagine potential future uses of public space along the waterfront.