The seven winners of the third edition of Wynwood’s Park-Your-Art contest will get their creative juices flowing to turn district parking machines into pieces of art on Saturday, November 18, 2017, when they will paint their artwork live before the public. The winners will each be assigned one parking machine in Wynwood which will be their canvas for the day.
The initiative, a partnership between Miami Parking Authority and Beefree Media, allows local artists to gain exposure by adding liveliness to an often overlooked device. The Pay-and-Display machines will be covered with an anti-graffiti lamination to protect the designs, which will remain on display through Miami’s Art Basel 2017 season and until next year’s contest.
“Our Pay-and-Display machines, located throughout the Wynwood Improvement District (BID), provide emerging and established artists a blank canvass to express their talent and creativity, said Alejandra Argudin, Chief Operations Officer. As a partner in the Wynwood BID and as a leading-edge parking agency, Miami Parking Authority is pleased to support worthy community initiatives that foster innovation, growth and economic development.”
This year’s thematic approach is predicated on supporting current relief efforts toward hurricane-ravaged communities in the Florida Keys, as well as U.S. territories and Mexico. Each individual artist will support the hurricane-impacted area of his/her choice through their creative artwork. Each will encourage donations to credible organizations benefitting these communities. Donations can be made directly to the charitable organizations or their choice.
For several weeks, the contest seeked the participation of emerging and established artists who submitted their original artwork proposals and shared their thoughts about this year’s theme. Winners were selected based on originality of content, technique and creative interpretation of the theme.