Neighborhood Beautification Act [NBA]
#1 is a project disseminated into a public park in the
Zilverhof neighborhood of Gent, Belgium.
This park in Gent formerly had a bench, but it was removed
by the city because people made too much noise at nite
while drinking and gathering around the bench. An ugly
hexigon shaped brick structure (which formerly supported
the bench) remained in the park as an eye sore and constant
reminder of the wonderful bench that once existed.
Description of Location:
park in Gent Belgium which overlooks the canal mostly
frequented by neighbors, but it is also a fork off a
small hub of cross traffic. (see
more photos for details)
A table and bench were placed in the park. The table
was specially designed to cover the existing hexagon
structure that formerly supported a bench. It was painted
with chalkboard paint --chalk and eraser were supplied.
bench became a favorite spot and icon of the neighborhood
used as ; a picnic area, meeting point, outdoor accounting
office (one woman was found doing her taxes on the table),
massage table, stage, and general gathering spot.
to Neighborhood Beautification Act:
1. Find a location which is in need of
an act of beauty.
2. Observe this location for a week- (day
3. Interview people/get neighbors involved if appropriate.
4. Create beautication act.
5. Design NBA Label:
It is important to tag Beautification Acts with
an NBA label.
Include the following:
Small Sketch or graphic of NBA:
Name of NBA:
Location: County, City
Neighborhood: (as exact as you
Other Possible Uses:
Make a nice list of "other
possible uses" addressed to any person
or entity who may remove or steal the NBA.