Tuesday, March 22, 2011

No Parking

During our recent weekend trip to LA, Jenny spotted this piece of Banksy street art. According to Eric Richardson (who wrote about "Parking" soon after it was mounted in April 2010) the piece is especially appropriate given its surrounding context: "Just a block away, a resident group is trying to find $6.6 million to convert a parking lot into a grassy park space with a small playground." I don't know whether that group was successful, but I do know that Banksy's piece (presuming he did it) struck me as less an optimistic appropriation of public space - and more a sad expression of loneliness.