Mark Tribe

I just park the cars, ma’m

In my search for a suitable image to place at the head of next week’s A Public Space giveaway post (issues 2-6, so look out for that), I discovered this video at Urban Prankster, which documents a project in 1994 that several artists organized at Southwestern College in Chula Vista.

On August 31, 1994 from 6am to noon, a team of 50 professional and volunteer parking attendants directed the arriving cars to predetermined lots according to car color. Each of the fourteen lots was filled with cars of a different color: dark blue, blue, light metallic blue, silver & gray, black, beige, brown, metallic raspberry, yellow, electric blue, white, aqua, green and red

Basically, they color-coded all the parking lots and had people park their cars according to some chart or something. It reminded me of Chris Cobb’s project in Adobe Books, but instead, like, with cars and lots of people and orange traffic vests and awkward interviews.

My favorite part of the video might be at 2:29, though some of the other things people say about the project are pretty funny. I can’t get the video to embed, so just click the link below.

Carpark by Mark Tribe

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May 15th, 2009 / 6:58 pm