Thursday, September 1, 2011

September 16 > Parking Day LA > LOCAL PARK

Parking Day LA returns to the streets of LA on Friday, September 16th and as always, de LaB is heads back to our favorite spot at LOCAL. Silver Lake architects Standard will be our "park-itects" this year, transforming a simple spot into a statement. Their design is both literal and symbolic; an invitation and a reminder of Parking Day LA's rally cry this year that "streets are for the people." In their own words:

Taking cues from Parking Day’s theme, the iconic Hollywood sign, and the context in front of Local restaurant, LOCAL PARK is four large “topiary” letters that spell the word P-A-R-K. In combination with the existing storefront behind, the sign reads LOCAL PARK. Directed toward Sunset Blvd., the installation grabs the attention of the driving and bus-riding public and leaves the enigmatic impression of a green PARK at the side of the boulevard. Not in search of a fixed message, the sign might be read as a cheerful request to park your vehicle, and as an expression of the need for more green space in the city. The sign reverses the manmade vs. nature relationship of the Hollywood sign and turns the lettering into a landscape within the urban context. The letters are ballasted with sandboxes to create a temporary space for relaxing, expanding the space of the sidewalk.

So pop a squat, enjoy a plate of chilaquiles, and tell us what LOCAL PARK means to you.

For a full map of all the pop-up parks, click here.

Can't play hookie on Friday? You can still catch some of the parks at ArtCycle in East Hollywood for "Parallel Parking" on Saturday, Sept. 17th.

What: LOCAL PARK by Standard for Parking Day LA
Where: LOCAL Restaurant, 2943 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
When: 11am-ish to 4pm-ish

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