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.
Street Road Visiting / Hours:
Open Friday and Saturday 11am - 3pm or call 610-869-4712 or email to set up a visit, or, if you are driving by and see cars outside, just drop in. If you are far, far away, and can't visit in person, we do visits by Skype - email us to set up a virtual visit. We are on site multiple days a week and can accommodate most times.
A word about 'here':
We acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of the Lenape, original people of the mid-Atlantic area, forced west by British and US governments. Most Delaware Indian tribe descendents are now located in Oklaholma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Lenni Lenapes in Pennsylvania are not officially recognized as tribes by the United States, though an estimated 5000 Lenape Nation descendents live in the Delaware River area. We pay respects to the Lenape people both past and present. Please consider the many legacies of violence, displacement and settlement that form part of our collective histories. While increased public recognition of these legacies and processes of redress such as Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission are positive steps, concrete focus on return of land and land rights remains a distant horizon.