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Parking Spaces Transforming Into Art

Aug 09, 2012

Four artists will transform parking spaces into innovative works of art on Lakeshore Road in Port Credit from September 19 to 30, 2012, coinciding with PARK(ing) Day (September 21) and Culture Days (September 28 to 30).

"The artwork will be constructed in September and, combined with the new patios that have expanded on to the sidewalks, will add interest, colour and vitality to the area's spaces," said Susan Burt, director Culture Division.

The City of Mississauga and the Port Credit Business Improvement Area (BIA) held a contest from April to June 2012, inviting artists, art groups, architects, designers and engineers to submit their creative ideas to temporarily transform onstreet parking spaces into public art. A jury of local business owners, art experts and representatives from the City of Mississauga reviewed the 32 submissions.

The selected artwork includes: a garden of traffic cones by artist Susan Campbell; a small public "beach" for lounging and cooling off by architect Karl van Es; a car "souped-up" to become public seating by architecture students Virginia Fernandez and Samantha Oswald; and art made from modified playground equipment by Nathalie Quagliotto.

Burt added that both the patios and the art are part of the City of Mississauga's Cultural Node Pilot Project for the Port Credit area. Launched last year, the pilot supports and encourages initiatives that contribute to creating a more vibrant main street through outdoor retail displays, street furniture and public art. These creative initiatives support the existing vibrant community of festivals, art galleries and restaurants.

"It is a great opportunity for Port Credit to take part in PARK(ing) Day, an annual event held in 160 cities around the world," said Marion Morewood, jury member and chair of the BIA. "PARK(ing) Day's mandate is to make more space for people in places usually reserved for cars. We are proud to partner with the City of Mississauga on this initiative and also grateful to have received support from the Port Credit Community Foundation."

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About PARK(ing) Day
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public places. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.

About Culture Division
The Culture Division was created in 2007 to foster growth and sustainability of culture in Mississauga. Through its policy development, services, programs and partnership initiatives, the Culture Division plays an integral role in the growth of the City for the 21st Century by preserving, supporting and enhancing the artistic and historic fabric of Mississauga.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 738,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.                                                             

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