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Park(ing) Day Park

  • PROJECT ROLES
  • William Franklin, Coordinator
  • Matt Empson, Coordinator
  • LOCATION & YEAR
  • Seattle, WA, 2010

Project Details

Olson Kundig Architects participated in the 2010 Park(ing) Day Seattle. Park(ing) Day is an annual, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. Seattle’s event is organized by Feet First.

Olson Kundig Architects’ team transformed three parking spaces next to our office in Pioneer Square. We covered the space with 500 SF of sod, installed benches made of reclaimed 2×4 firewall (provided by Andy Constan of CD Built), put out umbrellas, and offered custom sketches to park visitors. Sketch requests were phoned up to our 6th floor office to on-call staff. When the sketch was complete, the artist delivered it via zip line, where it would crash into a cymbal to let the park attendant know it had arrived.

Over half of our office participated in this event, and the office received the Grand Prize – a converted parking meter with a prize of $200 in quarters.