Park(ing) Day 2016 - Auckland

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Braydon Harwood

A Jasmax team braved the elements Friday 16 September on Auckland’s High Street for this year’s PARK(ing) Day; leading the charge and key designers were Principal Mike Thomas, and members of the Landscape Architecture and Interior Design teams Meg Back, Nick Scarles, Billie Popovic and Landscape Architect intern Sofia Fourman.

The installation, named “A Walk in the Park” consisted of a second-hand walking exerciser with over 250 handcrafted wildflowers on an astro turf base. The cost to fabricate the installation was kept under $100 – with free astro turf, recycled paper flowers and paints donated by Dulux. Project costs came to just under $250 to feed the students who made the flowers and manned the installation.

PARK(ing)Day is an annual global event where citizens, activists and artists come together to temporarily transform a parking space and call

attention to the need to free up more public urban space. The event was formulated to convey the myriad of alternative possibilities there are to best utilise urban spaces currently governed by car parking. This year the NZILA themed their installations on green architecture and the wellness associated with such landscapes.

The team would like to give a particular thank you to the support of Dulux for donating the paint used in the installation, and also our student helpers: Moshe Asraf, Brooke Foley, Sofia Fourman, Sam Hendrikse, Gabrielle Howdle, Princeton Motupalli, Vishaal Shah and Kirrily Poliko.

A link to the Park(ing) Day website can be found here.

Anyone want to buy a second-hand walking exerciser?!

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