A Different Kind of Street Art

Dallas wants artists to dress up city parking meters in upcoming public art project

Dallas wants to dress up city parking meters in public art project

Yarn bombing of parking meter
Dallas artists are invited to submit ideas like yarn bombing for a public art project to decorate parking meters. Photo by Craig Sinclair

Public art can brighten anyone's day, and the City of Dallas hopes to make a few more people smile with a call for artists to decorate parking meters around the city. Now through Friday, June 27, artists can submit designs for how they'd like to decorate the meters.

Three artists will be chosen to decorate a row of 10 meters in three different locations: Elm Street, across from the Majestic Theatre; Jefferson Boulevard, near the Oak Cliff Cultural Center; and a location to be determined in Deep Ellum.

Any artist worth his salt could probably come up with a hundred ways to transform a parking meter, but because it still has to be usable, the city is limiting the mediums to decorative paint, removable graphics or wrapping projects like yarn bombing.

The winning artists will be notified by July 3. After coming up with their final designs, the artists will have between July 29 and August 26 to decorate their section of meters. Each artist will receive $50 per meter.

Once completed, the parking meters will remain decorated for somewhere between six months and one year, with the possibility of the city repeating the project with a new batch of artists.