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Barbed/Razor Wire

This photo series, taken within the Arts District of Los Angeles, pertains to the demarcation of space, security, and the overall, psychological visual resulting from copious, inexpensive Barbed/Razor-wire on fences, walls, and piping. Originally, Barbed/Razor-wire was used primarily on prisons and mental hospitals but has recently been applied to more commercial and residential urban uses. Within the Arts District the amount of Barbed/Razor-wire is so abundant it becomes a defining and unifying element, yet oddly, the ample replication and predictability renders this aggressive feature usual, and thus to a great degree, mute. Simple to put up, however under Los Angeles code, it can only be purchased and erected with a city permit and only by a licensed contractor.

Timothy Turner