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This interactive installation was conceived specifically for El Paso, TX, a city which lies on the US-Mexico border, directly adjoined, yet totally split from, Mexico's Ciudad Juarez.

The contextual project transforms the concept of the border between the US and Mexico, represented by the linear chain link fence, into a zone of habitation and play.

It takes the generic, industrial, ugly chain link fence we are accustomed to see as a barrier, and invites us to enter inside of it.

Wrapped up in the colors of the flowers of the desert - yellow, orange, purple and magenta - the boldest representations of life and beauty in El Paso’s landscape, the installation turns chain link fence into a celebration.

Of Note: While it was not intended for children specifically, children took it over so that adults passing by believed it was meant for and designed only for children; all the "Do Not Run" signs were completely ignored, in fact, opposed.

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PRESS
Article in El Paso Times

MORE IMAGES
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DIMENSIONS
(56) 12’ long x 8’ tall walls - 672 linear feet - in an approximately 50’ x 90’ plan configuration

MATERIALS
Fabric & chain link fence

LOCATION
Cleveland Square Park, El Paso, TX

COMMISSIONING AGENCY
The City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department

WORK/CREDITS
Design, Testing, Coordination:
Ioana Urma

Engineering Double-Check:
Radu Urma

Fabrication:
Miguel Zacarias, New York Tailor Shop, LA, CA (sewing panels)
Ioana Urma (grommets, packaging)
United Site Services, El Paso, TX (fence, custom order/size for El Paso)

Lighting:
Alberto Bordier, HB Pro Sound, El Paso, TX
Ioana Urma (concept)

Site-Install:
Ioana Urma, Juan Amendola, Larry Subia, Fernando Madrid, and United Site Services

Testing Help:
Doug Jackson

Photography:
Ioana Urma, except photos #3, 7, 12 by City of El Paso

DATE
2014