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Of all the avant-garde, wildly patterned, graffiti-esque proposals submitted for the "history tribute fence" that will encircle a soon-to-be-under-construction pedestrian plaza off Delancey Street, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District has chosen the creation of two local designers: a cast of illustrated characters based on two decades of neighborhood observations. Called "Babel Blocks" (a version of which is on currently on view at the MoMA), their vision for beautifying SPURA is a modern-day take on Disney's "It's A Small World" ride, which counts among its subjects a tattooed, bearded hipster, a man sporting a turban and white robe, and a granny with a grocery cart, to be presented in a row down the fence. Head here for more photos. [The Lo-Down, previously]