While we were researching Arlene Gottfried’s work, we stumbled on this photograph she took of a barbeque in a then-Puerto Rican neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. When we looked closely, we realized that shipping pallets had been cleverly employed, not only to help anchor the spit, but to provide seating for two kids hanging out while the pig roasted.

We were once again struck by the endless usefulness of the basic pallet configuration which acts like modular building blocks, especially for impromptu improvisations – with boards that can be removed or sawed or hammered into as needed to customize.

Find out more about Gottfried’s documenting of New York City’s Puerto communities here.

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York.

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