Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fore! PARK(ing) Day 2012 turns Milwaukee Avenue into a Golf Course Friday

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Although, since it's miniature golf, maybe it should be:  Fore! . . .

If you're around North Milwaukee Avenue early Friday morning, September 21, you may see Architecture for Humanity/Chicago's Katherine Darnstadt playing parking chairs, getting dibs on nine metered parking spaces that will be transformed for the day into the holes of a miniature golf course.  Nine parking spots from Kimball to Central Park, each in front of a vacant storefront, will be transformed into a 9-hole course, each of the nine holes individually designed by a local artist or creative business.

Speaking of Number 9, there are also Nine "gates" to the male human body.  Nine choruses of angels, and Nine noble virtues.  Nine animals make up the Chinese dragon.  Nine false doors in the building permit office.  Nine small steps in the Parade of Shoes.  Nine check-out lanes to choose from at my local Jewel, and everyone ahead of me has a very large cart filled with  81 very small items.  But I digress. 
The event is part of PARK(ing) Day 2012, "an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks." The ultimate objective of Mini-Golf on Milwaukee is to help "create a vibrate arts corridor over time in an area that is experiencing serial vacancy." You can see some pics of the course being pre-assembled here.

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