What you want to do in the public space and why?
Support artists, designers, community groups, architects etc. to reinterpret existing carparks. Originally envisaged to create more parks, PARK(ing) Darwin would encourage creatives to turn their allocated parking spot into whatever they please within a unique theme. Parking is a very contentious subject in the Darwin CBD but there has been very little development of this conversation beyond the norm. As we look to the future of Darwin we need to start reconsidering how these large patches of bitumen will be reused.
How you will make this project happen?
Work with the City of Darwin to develop the appropriate timing for this to happen. While it usually occurs in one day, Darwin's parking situation may be more sympathetic to a weekly/monthly installation in different spots. There will then be an application process for creatives and groups alike to take over a space for the allotted time period.
When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?
February - discussions with City of Darwin and development of application. April - application period May/June - design and fabrication July - installation, potential to coincide with the Darwin Fringe Festival.
What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?
City of Darwin will need to give permission for this project to happen.
How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?
Strong relationships will need to be established with the City of Darwin. An effective communication strategy will need to be developed to give the broader public as much notice as possible. Creatives will be offered an artist fee on top of material costs. Creatives will be encouraged to use as much recycled/reused objects as possible. All rubbish from the creation of the installations will be on display in a single parking spot.
How will you know your project is successful?
If the broader community engage with this project and see it as a positive addition to the city as opposed to a hindrance on their convenience.