May 14th, 2009
It was fun while it lasted, even for less than a week. The De-Fence Project is (or rather was) a site-specific display that is integrated into the 300ft long wooden fence running atop a sidewalk bridge of the Empire Stores building in the Empire-Fulton State Park in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The mural is composed of 60 plywood panels attached above and below the fence utilizing the existing wooden framework. Evolving from left to right, the pattern features a variety of natural shapes, such as jellyfish, leaves, and birds.
John Jeffreys, president and creative director of Exhibitology Incorporated, which funded the project emailed to us “This project is a great example of how the unsightly can easily be made more beautiful and interesting.” Although it was a nice way to dress up an otherwise bland scaffold, State Park officials had it taken down yesterday because the group did not get permission to put up the artwork. According to Jeffreys, “Due to time constraints, Exhibitology was not able to secure permission in time to for the May 7th install and thus The State’s position is that anything that they can’t control is not allowed.” We’re sad to see this go down, but hope they’ll bring back more art in the area.