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Brisbane PARK(ing) Day 2008. Photo: Deanne Roga

whenFriday 17 September

whereAustralia

PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event aimed at raising awareness of how urban public space is allocated and used by exploring its potential. Originally created by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design collective, PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when the organisation transformed a metered parking space into a temporary public park. The concept is based on the idea that paying the parking meter is like ‘renting’ public space.

Since then the project has been recreated around the world and in 2009 independent groups of artists, activists and citizens created more than 700 parks in 140 cities, 21 countries and on six continents. The parks are playful, inspired, people-friendly public spaces creatively exploring the way we use our streets.

This is a call for action. While Brisbane PARK(ing) Day 2009 was the third largest in the world, the rest of Australia is seemingly unaware of this inspired international day of action intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play. A quintessentially “open source” project, PARK(ing) Day can be adapted and remixed to address a variety of social issues in diverse urban contexts around the world.

For information on how to get involved go to the official PARK(ing) Day website and meet others participating in your city on the international network - Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Disclaimer: Participation in PARK(ing) Day is at your own risk. You will be acting independently of REBAR and Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design.

By participating in PARK(ing) Day, you voluntarily and entirely assume the risk of liability and agree to indemnify and hold harmless REBAR, Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design, your City Council, other land owners of parking spaces, and their respective employees, officers, directors and members. You also agree to obey the law and the directives of any duly-authorized law enforcement officer.

Obey the law and have fun! Remember, PARK(ing) Day is about operating for the broader public good!

Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Object is assisted by the New South Wales Government - Arts NSW, and the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Object Gallery & Collect 417 Bourke Street Surry Hills. Open Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm. Saturday - Sunday 10am - 5pm. e: object@object.com.au. w: www.object.com.au
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