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On a Fence is a temporary installation that transforms an existing fence into a participatory structure for the Lower East Side community in Manhattan. The project was initiated by artist and architectural designer Chat Travieso, and was developed together with Yeju Choi from 2013 to 2014.

On a Fence seeks to invert the function and meaning of a fence from a physical barrier to a place of inclusion that brings people together. Outside of the fence employs an environmental graphics to guide people to the entrance of the pop-up park while seen from a distance, creating an optical illusion that distorts the linear form. The layered colors of the slats create a Moiré effect in which colors and opacity change as viewers move along the piece. Inside of the fence are a chalkboard wall, a bike rack, a maze, monkey bars, stepped seating, a sand box, a stage with rotating slats, and seating with tables.



On a Fence is part of Paths to Pier 42, a pop-up park in Manhattan’s East River waterfront organized by 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. Local residents and community members of all ages participated in the design process and volunteered in the construction of the piece.

2014 Volunteers: Ariel, Asher, Mike Beene, Carlos Bolanos, Esmé Boyce, Cody Boyce, Dexter Ciprian, Tyler Dehaarte, Gaudhi De Sedas, Emre Edev, Maria Emilia Escudero, Winston Ford, Pamela Giaroli, Lamar Dean Gillespie, Luther Gillespie, Jerome Haferd, Brian Hibbert, Trevor Holland, Jenny Hsiao, Danielle Kachler, Sean Kelly, Heechan Kim, Kee Kim, Stephen Klimek, Dahvid Mercado-Hastings, Julian Morales, Brian Odowd, Lily Padro, Max Prophile, Eli Rose, Joe Sakashita, Ryan Hartley Smith, Yara Travieso, Didier William, Jason Williams, Eric Wong, Maeve Woollen

2013 Volunteers: 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