Art stirs responses over parking costs

Taylor Fry, Contributor Ω

Levi Glass and Harrison Ross stand by their parking meter poll box art on Oct. 21. Taylor Fry/The Omega

Levi Glass and Harrison Ross stand by their parking meter poll box art on Oct. 21. Taylor Fry/The Omega

A mock parking meter, installed between Old Main and the House of Learning on Oct. 10, was an arts project by two fine arts students looking to create some dialogue over parking costs.

Before fine arts students Levi Glass and Harrison Ross had finished setting up their parking meter poll box, people had already started to take notice. Everyone was asking about the colourful, pinata-like art they were erecting on the grass on the pathway leading to the Brown Family House of Learning.

Ross said he was surprised at the level of interest people had towards the project, and at the anger people felt over the cost of parking at TRU.

Passers-by were asked to fill out complaints about the cost of parking on campus. The project produced so many complaints over parking costs that it ran out of paper multiple times during the five days it was set up. When people were unable to write on paper, they were so intent on expressing their opinions that they wrote on the table, their own paper and even the project itself.

Glass, who drives to school, said the project’s purpose was designed to give people an outlet to release some energy and anger towards the high costs of parking at TRU.

The meter itself was designed to be bloated to stand out, reflecting what the artists saw as the bloated pricing of parking. Glass and Ross wanted the meter to be talked about and noticed.

Glass described the 95 responses received over five days as being unanimously negative. Not only were students expressing their concerns, but so were faculty members.