In most cities, Park(ing) Day only lasts one day, but in San Francisco's Mission District, mini parks have been occupying parking spaces for months at a time. The latest addition to the city-sponsored Pavement to Parks program is artist Erik Otto's "The Peace Keeper," located in front of the Fabric8 art gallery on 22nd Street. Otto completed an artist-in-residence program at the San Francisco Dump in 2010, and many of the materials used to construct The Peace Keeper are recycled objects that were rescued from the landfill.
The parklet’s dominant feature is a sloping, thatched hillside made of a motley mix of different types of salvaged wood. From the hill, a slender house rises with a pitched roof and a bunch of small holes that will later emit light. Olivia Ongpin from Fabric8 says Otto is hoping to power the lighthouse with solar panels, but they haven’t been installed yet. On the other side of the parklet, four beanbag chairs — also made of recycled materials — are flanked by planters.
San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks project seeks to temporarily reclaim underutilized space in roadways for public use in order to determine whether long-term changes should be made. The Peace Keeper will remain in place for a full year, after which time Fabric8 and the community will select a new design.
Via SF Weekly
Photos by Mark Boyer for Inhabitat