Sixteen teams of artists, community groups, and businesses have been selected to temporarily transform metered parking spaces along Peabody Place in Downtown Memphis into public parks in celebration of PARK(ing) Day on Friday, Sept. 21.
The winning park proposals are:
- The Collaboratory by BOTH / AND, featuring an interactive “machine” that brings the game of TelePictionary to life
- A cardboard car sculpture by Elizabeth Brown
- A planking park by Garner Picture Framing, where participants can test their planking skills
- Humans as Musical Instruments by Division 10 Inc., where humans become the means to make music
- Sculptural Performance by Elisha Gold, who will weld a life-sized steel sculpture on site
- MacArthur Park by Leandra Urrutia and Jill Wissmiller, a roller skating disco opera
- A mini tennis court by the ATP/WTA Tennis Tournament and the Racquet Club of Memphis
- A game park featuring life-sized Jenga by Self & Tucker Architects and Downtown Neighborhood Association
- Painted Benches by UrbanArt Commission, where a team of artists will paint the benches on site
- An ArtsMemphis performance area, featuring performances by local fine arts groups and interactive photo opportunities for participants
- A mini riverfront park by Riverfront Development Corp.
- An interactive diorama by Memphis City Beautiful, featuring outfits designed for the 2011 Trashion Show
- Parking Brake by Mary Long-Postal, a cool place to beat the heat and enjoy free sno cones
- A public bike maintenance and repair station by Livable Memphis with a bike mechanic on site giving free demonstrations throughout the day
- An outdoor office by Brewer and Barlow PLC
- The Grass is Greener by Crosstown Arts and Jamie Harmon, where participants can take their own virtual travel trailer vacation
The local PARK(ing) Day celebration will take place on Peabody Place between Front and Second streets. Park installations will be open for the public from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
PARK(ing) Day Memphis 2012 is co-produced by the Downtown Memphis Commission and Cat Peña, in partnership with the City of Memphis, Memphis Regional Design Center, ArtsMemphis, UrbanArt Commission and Crosstown Arts. PARK(ing) Day is a grassroots, “open-source” invention built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to champion creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their local urban conditions.