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.
Article in El Paso Times
(56) 12’ long x 8’ tall walls - 672 linear feet - in an approximately 50’ x 90’ plan configuration
Fabric & chain link fence
Cleveland Square Park, El Paso, TX
The City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department
Design, Testing, Coordination:
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)
Alberto Bordier, HB Pro Sound, El Paso, TX
Ioana Urma (concept)
Ioana Urma, Juan Amendola, Larry Subia, Fernando Madrid, and United Site Services
Ioana Urma, except photos #3, 7, 12 by City of El Paso