Park(ing) Day 2017 Recap
Our Edmonton studio made a lot of heads turn in Downtown Edmonton with our Park(ing) Day installation. It’s not often you see a parking stall taken over by real grass with the top half of a car sinking in!
What’s Park(ing) Day?
PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into PARK(ing) spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat… at least until the meter runs out!
We call it Carcass Park–a park that takes over the parking spot, swallowing up an old car that was once there.
How We Did It
This was definitely a team effort! We borrowed sod from our friends at Cutting Edge Landscaping and covered the top half of an old car, courtesy of our architecture team’s ever-resourceful development coordinator, Abe Salloum. DIALOGers saved the perfect spot over night and arrived early in the morning to set it up.
The team is already thinking about what kind of park space we can create next year…
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