Demolition Leftovers 1978

Demolition, Projects, Urban Decay


The purpose of the Demolition Leftovers project was to bring attention to ninety abandoned construction fence poles that circled the United States Pavilion demolition site. Although the site was seeded and new grass was growing, rusted demolition poles were hazardous and remained standing for months after the work crew left the area. I painted the poles bright fluorescent orange, not only as an attempt to draw attention to their existence, but functioned as a temporary artwork to visitors to the park. Eventually, after writing a few letters, the poles were completed removed from the site, bringing the park back to its natural state of existence.

90 construction site poles painted fluorescent orange
United States Pavilion demolition area
1964/1965 New York World’s Fair
Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, Queens, NY

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