...and put up a parking lot. One of my favorite songs by Joni Mitchell. What a great excuse I have to feature that video today!
But today they did the opposite.
Today is Park(ing) Day, a day for artists across the world to transform parking spaces into public art. The movement was started in 2005 in San Francisco, when staff from a local art and design studio decided to create a temporary park within the space of a few parking spaces downtown. The idea has since grown into an international event.
The theme this year was interactive art based on the question, "How do you create a design that responds to the needs of the people?" The artists used recycled materials of all types--cardboard, paper cups, bicycle parts, tree branches, even old record albums. Many of the displays reflected the purpose of the stores they were put in front of. Paper coffee cups were used in front of a coffee shop, cardboard dress forms in front of a clothing store, and the record albums in front of the music store. We could walk through the displays, touch them and even sit on the "furniture" that was surprisingly sturdy.
I read about it in our local newspaper and thought it would be fun to go check it out. My son went with me and we really enjoyed it. Here are some photos so you can experience it too.