Fulton Fence is installed on the corner of Fulton Street and Broadway in Manhattan, New York and can be viewed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The project is on of the three interventions that make the pilot Re:Construction public art program organized by the Downtown Alliance and the LMCC.
Accents of orange and yellow plastic construction meshes, industrial caution lights, safety signage and the chain-link fencing that universally signify construction-in-progress will be collaged into a vibrant op-art mural bounding the water main retrofitting on Fulton Street. These treatments will be affixed in segments following the 10-foot long section frames of chain-link fencing that currently encircle the construction site. At the time of installation the team will establish a primary linear pattern along the line of the fence that combines 30 or more of these modules. As these modules get moved around by the contractors due to on-going construction needs, these new arrangements will create unpredictable patterns conveying the very history of the construction as it progresses.
As part of the piece, the team will continually be building a web-based project, which will become the location of an online intervention that seeks to parallel the construction of the physical site with the construction of a ‘space’ within the Internet. This digital destination takes the form of a continually scrolling web page as both an organizational tool and analog of strolling down the perimeter of the project on Fulton Street. Just as the physical installation weaves elements of vernacular construction materials into the frame of the fence, the website will embed media driven ‘interventions’: process documentation, location information, online widget mash-ups, and mobile downloads among others.
These two explorations – one architectural, the other online – seek to re-define ‘under-construction sites’ as expressive spaces in a city of ongoing transformation.
|Left to right: Mateo Pintó, Carolina Cisneros, Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena|
Carolina was born in Argentina and raised in Venezuela where she received her Bachelors in Architecture. Throughout Carolina’s practice, she has been looking at the urban environment as a confluence of systems that shape cultural and social interactions. Her thesis work was based on a study of Caracas’ underground system and its impact on the surrounding area. In this study, Carolina developed a design matrix, which responds to the new demands of public infrastructure with generative interventions that reconnect and reactivate these impacted areas of the city.
In recent years, Carolina has worked on the renovation of a rural medial center in the Amazon and was a design team member for the National Urban Upgrading Program for the Barrios, sponsored by the Venezuelan government. Carolina now lives in New York where she works as a project manager in a design firm.
Carlos J. Gómez de Llarena is a media architect engaged in the design of the digital media that shapes our newly found perceptions of space and social interaction.
He works with a diverse palette of tools including; installation, video, sound, wireless networks, the web and programming. His work has been shown at Ars Electronica, Eyebeam, Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, ZKM, ResFest and the Seoul Net Festival, among others. His background is in architecture, video and interactive media. He currently lives in New York, where he works as a freelance interaction designer and developer of media architecture hybrids.
In September 2003, the Ars Electronica Prix honored one of his wireless projects, Node Runner, with the Golden Nica for Net Vision. He also performs as a VJ in his spare time and has done visuals in Caracas and New York City for raves and celebrity DJs.
Mateo Pintó is an artist/architect devoted to the exploration of design with non-conventional materials, from small-scale objects to public urban spaces. He seeks to integrate urbanism, art and design throughout his work practice.
In 1999 he established his architecture studio with his brother Matías in Caracas, Venezuela. Together they developed several leading projects for the National Urban Upgrading Program by working with local communities in the Venezuelan shantytowns (barrios). These projects include; the Chacao Vertical Gym and La Vega Community House which was an award winning project at the X National Architecture Biennial.
Mateo’s work has received numerous awards and has been published internationally in Praxis Journal, Architectural League of New York Website, Quaderns d’arquitectura i urbanismo and Azure Magazine. His work has been showcased at The 14th Pan-American Architecture Biennial of Quito, Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, ARCO’05, MEIAC, and in PEI (Ibero American Emerging Scene) in the 4th Latin-American Architecture Biennial of Lima, Peru among others.
He currently lives in New York City where he works as a landscape architect with Till Design. He also continues to explore and develop prototypes of objects from jewelry pieces to urban installations.
Thanks to our friends and collaborators for their support:Darrin Amelio
Special thanks to:Paulina Villanueva