Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Construction camouflage

Yes, those are orange zebra stripes on the traffic barriers along lower Broadway. Yes, the 14-foot-tall plywood lightning bolts on John Street take the place of common sidewalk scaffolding. And yes, that tartan pattern on the construction fence along Fulton Street is made of security netting.

Dressing Up Those Bleak Downtown Construction Sites

Trying to convert an environmental liability into an artistic asset, the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council have transformed three commonplace street impediments into objects that are meant to be more aesthetically appealing. They are certainly more whimsical.

The works were installed over the weekend.

Photo from NY Times


Anonymous said...

And how much "grant money" went into creating these visual distraction/traffic-accident-promoting hazards ?

Get a clue!
You may squirt some whipped cream and place a cherry on top of a crap sundae.....but it's still a pile of do-do !

Over development is choking our city's resources
and overburdening the"services" that can be delivered
to its residents!

ken said...

"visual distraction/traffic-accident-promoting hazards."

They sure are.

Anonymous said...

Having realized that Downtown will be under perpetual construction and renovation work, the local leaders made lemonade out lemons.