No parking next to the garden, through traffic only





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Created date

November 27, 2018

Critical Commentary

I choose this photo because:

* The juxtaposition between aging concrete sidewalks and smooth asphalt street.

* The photo disappears the freeway, highlighting the tall buildings in the background and sidewalk upfront.

* The irony of having a community garden next door to the freeway.

My project is to study the intimate ways freeways normalize specific daily activity. In this scene, the neighborhood community garden proclaims itself as "Making Our Neighborhood Bloom." The freeway disappears when looking south from the community garden. The tall buildings on the south side of the freeway give the impression that area in between is flat ground. The recently painted garden sign disguises the black soot which overlays the dull metal chainlink fence surrounding the garden. I am always in awe that the same air which is polluted by vehicle exhaust flows onto the harvest of the garden members.


Hernandez, Fred Ariel. 2018. “Created Image: No parking next to the garden, through traffic only.” In A part of the neighborhood, created by Fred Ariel Hernandez. In Visualizing Toxic Subjects Digital Exhibit, curated by James Adams and Kim Fortun. The Center for Ethnography. November.