BOSTON – In response to the recent hike in armed robberies on campus, the Boston University Police Department has announced that they “will not do anything to help with these robberies.”
“The Boston University community is on their own for this,” the BUPD announced in a press release….
Group Site Specific Proposal
The site I am proposing to use is an area of waste ground in the middle of a row of terraced houses on Oystermouth Road. The site originally held two larger house, or possibly one big building, which was pulled down to leave the resulting grassy area. The company that owns the site is Gravan Construction Ltd, who can be contacted on01792 791735. The image to the left shows the rough outline of the plot, obviously an older image when the buildings were still in place.
One of the biggest issues with this site concerns health and safety, as it’s effectively a live building site. I’ve considered the options and I think the best way around this would be to introduce a fenced walkway around the site, which would allow the main site to stay intact and retain it’s ‘feeling’ as a derelict area, but still maintain relative safety for the viewer as they move around the area. This could be done with small poles driven into the ground with rope strong along the top of them at waist height. The pathway could then easily be cleared of any sharp or dangerous objects making it safe for the general public. The whole area from the pavement in is one level, but a little rough. This could be an issue for buggies or wheelchair users, but no worse than a normal field, especially as we can route the pathway around the roughest areas.
In terms of location – the spot is very local being a ten minute walk from the bus station, and right on the sea front so would attract a good volume of foot traffic simply going past it on the cycle path. There’s also a major road so if advertised right, commuters and traffic would spot it going past and might come back at a later date to check it out. Power would be an issue, but considering it’s an outside site generally visited in working hours with streetlights nearby, lighting should be more than acceptable and a lack of power will have to simply be a limitation on our work as a part of the space we’re working in.
Thinking about possible ideas for the project, I was came across the idea of possibly a 40’s American styled billboard advertising Swansea sea-front as a tourist destination. This doesn’t tie into the site itself so much, but more the whole street as a whole as roughly 75% of the buildings on Oystermouth Road are Hotels and B&Bs. I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to find an old photograph of Oystermouth Road in the 30’s or 40’s and then paint over the top to make it like the style of art used in the old billboards. I could do this in a large scale and put it at the front of the site to draw people into the area without really knowing what it was about. I enjoy working with wood at large scale so I’d really get stuck into this project.
steel, nylon stockings, paverpol
39 1⁄2” x 29 1⁄2” x 5 1⁄5”