Proposal for “Welcoming Gate”
Photo Collage with color pencil
While researching for Children in the City, I observed that fences and portals around many City parks and gardens in New York obscured these inadequate green oases, making them unavailable for viewing and enjoying to passers-by.
The gates were not welcoming. The portals are very small and dark, and do not invite passage entrance nor encourage participation, even during daylight hours. I played with the idea of creating fences with elements from earlier pieces. This predilection for amusement hopefully transformed a commonplace menacing barrier. This fence design for my neighborhood building is theoretical. I also designed a City Park with a Farm Theme that has a metal fence edged with iron corn.
This theme of obscuring the impediment and welcoming the hurried urban dweller is recurrent in my Creating Urban Oases project.