Friday, January 20, 2017

El Sol Brillante garden members collecting funds to repair their fence

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An EVG reader shared this crowdfunding campaign that has been underway the past month for El Sol Brillante, the community garden on the south side of 12th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B.

In 1993, our garden, with help from the Green Acres Foundation, commissioned a beatiful, one-of-a kind iron fence to be built by the talented artist and welder Julie Dermansky.

This amazing work of art replaced our broken down chain link fence that was approximately 15 years old and becoming unable to hold out those who wished to break in. Since then, it has become a beloved fixture in our neighborhood, and has even been celebrated in several publications.

Despite our periodic painting and TLC, after almost 25 years, the harshness of weather and sidewalk existence have taken their toll on the posts, bottom support and panels with rust setting in.

As you can see from the pictures, the fence requires serious repair. We have met with 3 contractors and have received their bids. Ironically, the repair will cost more then the original fence.

We're asking for your help to raise the funds we'll need to preserve this treasured landmark in our community.

As of this writing, the garden has raised $505 of an estimated $10,000 to repair the fence. You can read more about the campaign here.


Anonymous said...

It is not just weather eroding those post it is the incredible amount of dogs which pee here each day. This block is a favorite for people walking their dogs, it is bright, has 3 gardens and of course the children playground. It is a terrific block thanks to people involved in the block association, many are members of this garden. I encourage anyone that can donate a few $ to do so.

Anonymous said...

Tree or the fence. Pick your poison.

Anonymous said...

To All the Haters out There:
Not all dogs urinate on fences or trees for that matter. But, you know, it is the city and dogs have to go somewhere. If you don't like it, move to the country.