PARK(ing) Day 2012
Expanding public space, one parking spot at a time.
UPDATE We were rained out last Friday so we are holding our PARK(ing) Day event today Friday Sept, 28th, 2012.
Once a year thousands of groups around the globe lay claim to a little bit of public space that is normally dedicated to the car. They claim it, by feeding the meter, just for a few hours. The idea is meant to challenge our preconceptions of what a metered parking space can be used for. Maybe it should be a place for bike storage, cafe seating, simple green space, or any of a multitude of other people-oriented ideas. Quite simply PARK(ing) Day is about changing the way we think of our streets, by putting people first.
So join us Friday, September 21, 2012, on Milwaukee St. between Mason and Wells, from 10am to 4pm for PARK(ing) day 2012. This year our PARK(ing) Day czar Jeff Jordan and artist Caressa Givens have been added to the Urban Milwaukee team and with their help we hope to have created a more visible and active use of a parking spot.
Givens has a background in printmaking and posses a great passion for public art and design. This year, she is creating seating for our PARK(ing) Day installation that will utilize materials that have a rich cultural connection to Milwaukee as well as Wisconsin. Using hop bine, the vines that grow and produce hops for the production of beer, she will construct bail-like stools for seating. The nature of the seating is intended to be approachable and modular.
A separate team will be laying claim to their piece of public space, with a new Milwaukee Park(ING) Day installation. It will be located on the 900 block of Brady Street (between Marshall and Astor), from 11am to 3pm.
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