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Thursday, March 11, 2021

The above photo is from today’s New York Daily News article on the residential/merchant displacements caused by Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards project. I find this visual — a bunch of padlocks “strung” together in a row on a construction-site chain-link fence — so compelling that I wanted to preserve it here (and on Flickr).

It’s not explicitly stated, but I got the impression from the article that this arrangement of locks represents a protest by the locals against the neighborhood disruption. If so, it’s a creative way to get the point across. I’m sure I’ve seen this before, although it couldn’t have been more than 3-4 locks grouped together; anything more than that would have piqued my curiosity long before coming upon this image.

Am I missing the boat, and this chain-linking of locks is a common-knowledge way of expressing discontent? I don’t know if there’s a clear symbolism: Are the protesters “locking out” the transgressors, figuratively or concretely? Or is it simply a relatively cheap and tamper-proof way to plant a protest symbol?

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 03/11/2021 12:10pm
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Photography, Society
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