The unTOLL booth has been operational for over a month. Fewer vehicles are trespassing and using the Street Road property as a right of way. Is it the official symbol of authority that the booth imposes? Do motorists assume their actions are being watched? Is the booth a deterrent to freedom of movement? This plywood and plexiglass structure changed the traffic pattern and behavior of motorists at this intersection.
Across the country, gated communities block access of certain areas to the general public. Security is promised, but is safety achieved? And at what cost? Who or what else is being kept out of these neighborhoods? Is the interchange of ideas limited by limited access?
Up and down the coasts in the United States, private communities bar the general public access to oceans. Is it appropriate to block access to the ocean for miles with gatehouses and security details? Do residents become sequestered citizens? The tides ebb and flow and the line in the sand constantly changes. Below are images of gatehouses which prohibit entry to neighborhoods that are adjacent to the sea. Are sentinels to the sea necessary?
unTOLLed stories, by Felise Luchansky and Emily Artinian is a participatory artwork that's part of Street Road's Arterial Motives exhibition. Open on Fridays from 3-4pm, and Saturdays from 1-2pm for the duration of the exhibition, unTOLLed stories is a toll booth on the Street Road site. Drivers are paid a toll in exchange for participating in a survey about local traffic – especially the habit of local drivers to use the Street Road property as a short cut.