PARK(ing) Day at Gaffa Gallery

Sep 21, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor

Design studio &company’s pop-up cardboard installation, Park/Park, is on the move to Sydney’s Gaffa Gallery.

Designed for the annual PARK (ing) Day– a global event that encourages city dwellers around the world to convert a metered parking spot into an urban public space – the installation features a cardboard model of a car, parking meter and miniature garden.

The aim of the project, along with hundreds of similar installations from like-minded individuals around the world, is to question how to activate public space in our cities and draw attention to the proportion of city space that is dedicated to the use of private vehicles.

Created by emerging designers Marion Gelbart, Sarah Spackman and Harriet Watts, Park/Park “makes playful comment on the notion of renting public space for private use. The installation invites people to either enjoy the area as a public green space, or ‘rent’ and occupy a pop-up cardboard car as a private space,” the studio explained.

The project was installed in several locations around Sydney as part of (PARK) ing Day on Friday 17 September, appearing on Castlereagh Street, Martin Place, Macquarie Street, Hyde Park and ending up on Clarence Street, outside Gaffa Gallery. The interactive design encouraged passers-by to consider how they should use the city’s public spaces.

The installation is now being reconfigured, and will be on show at Gaffa in Sydney, alongside a selection of photographs documenting the day. The installation will be on show in the Keeper Gallery for two weeks from Thursday 23 September. ([“click here for exhibition details”:])

PARK (ing) Day is described as an “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 San Francisco-based art and design studio, Rebar, installed a park in a metered spot in an area of the city that lacked open public space.

Rebar’s Matthew Passmore explains: “In urban centres around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution. The strategies that generate these conditions are not sustainable, nor do them promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK (ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”


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22 Sep 10 at 12:22 AM • Kitty Riegert

Well Done! Great to see people challenging the status quo in favour of our environment.

24 Sep 10 at 2:00 AM • jBAM

It’s great to see involvement in this fun day but I must say the installations in Perth by Curtin University students were a bit more inspiring! Their temporary exhibits were creative and well designed and recieving a fair bit of attention and chatter on the street in our little city centre. It was great to see!


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