LES History Fence Celebrates Official Unveiling

Babel Blocks Come to Delancey Street Plaza

Delancey Street, near Clinton Street; this morning.

Delancey Street, near Clinton Street; this morning.

The Babel Blocks have made their Delancey Street debut.  Today Lower East Side designers Constantin Boym and Laurene Boym are installing a 400 foot frieze on the fence bordering the public parking lots stretching from Norfolk to Clinton streets.

LES BID Selects “Babel Blocks” For Delancey History Fence

Rendering: "Babel Blocks Delancey Street proposal. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Rendering: “Babel Blocks” Delancey Street proposal. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Several months ago, we told you about a design competition from the Lower East Side BID for a Delancey Street History Fence.   Through a 400 foot art installation, the organization, which operates two parking lots along the busy thoroughfare, was looking to pay tribute to the neighborhood’s diverse cultural legacy.   The BID has now made its choice.

A selection committee recently notified the LES-based design firm, Boym Partners, that its proposal for a “Babel Blocks Fence,” celebrating the varied “races, religions and cultures” that make up the Lower East Side,” had won the competition.  Babel Blocks, a series of wood figures, were created by Constantin Boym and Laurene Leon Boym in 2007, loosely based on their Lower East Side neighbors.  They were included in “Design & the Elastic Mind,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, and won the National Design Award in 2009.