Park(ing) Day

Gathering Seeds

outside Restaurant 104, Drumcondra, Dublin 

The 'park' as viewed by road users on the busy Drumcondra Road.   Black frames were made by Andy Byrne, local carpenter at Dalymount interiors, gratefully received for this non-profit intervention.

The 'park' as viewed by road users on the busy Drumcondra Road. 

Black frames were made by Andy Byrne, local carpenter at Dalymount interiors, gratefully received for this non-profit intervention.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual daylong global event where artists, designers and activists work together to temporarily transform metered car park spaces into public amenity spaces. The original concept was developed in San Fransisco ten years ago by Rebar, an interdisciplinary art and design studio.

In 2005 over 70% of San Francisco's down town outdoor space was reserved for cars. Rebar s installation was a response to the over reliance on private vehicles. Today Park(ing) Day is a global “open source” project, which has been adapted to address social issues in urban contexts around the world. The themes of the various interventions have been varied ranging from free bike shops, to play zones, art installations , political seminars, and urban farms. 

Park(ing) Day takes place annually on the third Friday in September, in hundreds of cities around the globe. This is the forth year that Dublin City Council has supported the project.

My concept was to transform a car park space on the main Drumcondra Road, one of the main transport arteries to Dublin city, into an urban oasis. The goal was to make the most of a small space, a space where people can engage with nature and feel like there are surrounded by an expanse of green. The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin gave permission to collect and display a number of seeding plants including artichokes, evening primrose, nigella, agapanthas and sunflower heads, which in turn were given to interested passers by to sow in their gardens.

Relaxing with a hot chocolate

Relaxing with a hot chocolate

The 'park'viewed from the pedestrian lights

The 'park'viewed from the pedestrian lights

Early morning set up

Early morning set up

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Dried Artichoke heads

Dried Artichoke heads