PARK(ing) Day is a global event originating from San Francisco that calls on artists, designers and citizens to transform their city’s metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. It is based on the idea that paying a parking meter is like ‘renting’ a public space – instead of parking a car, why not park something else. Adelaide in South Australia is a city that always gets involved in the event and this year was no exception. Ben Willsmore and Alex Hall from HASSELL were both co-ordinators of the event, supported by Adelaide City Council.
“Overall, PARK(ing) Day was a success. We had even more parkers in Adelaide than last year’s record number and we could see and feel the great impact the event had on the city,” said Alex. HASSELL exhibited a unique concept at PARK(ing) Day named Re-Do. Made of ice, the exhibit was set in traffic cone moulds and played on the parking and traffic theme. The idea was to create something that would disappear by the end of the day, with the exhibit having as little impact on the environment as possible by being created from a non-permanent material.
“Re-Do was easily understood by the public who took great interest in the installation as it changed over the course of the day. It was great to see people leaving our park questioning…why do we always build with permanent materials?” said Alex. Some of the other participants in Adelaide PARK(ing) Day were Woodhead, Hames Sharley, Green Star, Form and Yelp.