Ai Weiwei ‘Good Fences’ Are Starting to Come Down

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 at 5:03 am by

Crews deployed across the city this week to depose of the months-long Ai Weiwei public art project, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.”

Here on the Lower East Side, the decorative chain-link fences were removed from the rooftops of 248 Bowery and 189 Chrystie Street. However, the series of banners straddling the Essex Street Market remains in place for the time being.

One of the most ambitious installations – the so-called “Birdcage” underneath the Washington Square Arch – is also amidst dismantling.

The four-month artistic endeavor, which began last October, was essentially a celebration and commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the Public Art Fund sponsor. Its overall goal had been to “draw attention to the role of the fence as both a physical manifestation and metaphorical expression of division.”

Reaction to the project seemed tepid, though.

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