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Sculpture trust puts public art event in capital’s car parking spaces

Sep 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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WELLINGTON car owners may be shocked to find 25 of their spaces filled with art when trying to find a park on Friday.

PARK(ing) Day, a global event started in 2005 in San Francisco is coming to the capital.

The event allows artists, sculptors, architects and musicians to take over a parking space and turn it into an area for public use.

Sue Elliott, chairperson of the Wellington Sculpture Trust running the event, said it was great they were able to facilitate more temporary artwork in the city.

“Our only other temporary work for the Wellington Sculpture Trust is the 4 plinths project which is outside Te Papa.”

Ms Elliott said the entries had to fit within the boundaries of a 6m by 2m parking space.

The entries they had already received were of a high standard.

“We’ve been really thrilled with the calibre of the proposals in here.”

Although PARK(ing) Day had been run in the past in Wellington, Ms Elliott said that it was done “reasonably half-heartedly”.

This year’s PARK(ing) Day event will involve a people’s choice award with $500 cash prize.

The event will be run from 8am to 8pm, the same as the daily parking hours.

Wellington City Council has waived parking fees for the entries to prevent them from being charged for using the space.

PARK(ing) Day will consist of 25 car parks with 20 works taking up either one or two parks.

Ms Elliott said the event had been “roughly curated” in order to place entries to work well together and create a walk through Wellington.

The council provides most of the parks but Wellington Waterfront has provided three for use in the event.

The Wellington City Council has waived a bylaw allowing the Wellington Sculpture trust to run the event.

“The event can’t operate in Wellington without cooperation from the city council because there’s this proviso that motor vehicle parks can only be used for motor vehicles,” Said Jhana Millers, Administrator for the Wellington Sculpture Trust.

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is a Whitireia journalism student at the Media Training School. Originally from Nelson, Jacob is now covering the Te Aro area of the Wellington city. He is interested in the effects of social media on journalism and integrating multimedia in his stories.
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