Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.
L.A. artist Duc Le celebrates Park(ing) Day with some sprawling wooden street furniture.
Los Angelenos love their cars, and they love their tans.
The twin passions of Southern California collide tomorrow in Duc Le's one-day Sun-Bedazzler installation in a West Hollywood parking spot. The occasion is Park(ing) Day, tomorrow's worldwide event that has been turning metered parking spots into parklets on the third Friday in September since 2005. You can make one yourself, if you have some quarters, though you are advised to check municipal regulations first and stay on the right side of the law.
Le's project, funded on Kickstarter, is more than your typical 8x16 putting green. It's a three-dimensional lounge that could pass for a permanent street fixture. Unfortunately, it's not. It's so ephemeral that we can't even see what it looks like yet -- only the construction photo above and the design rendering below. What we do know is that it will be at 7386 Beverly Boulevard, and it's sponsored in part by the business at that address, I.a. Eyeworks.
An L.A. business paying for less parking? We should do Park(ing) Day more often!
Images courtesy of Duc Le.