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Wanna Buy a Parklet?

Eli Wolfe | October 15, 2012 | Lifestyle Story City Life

For sale at Fabric8 Gallery in the Mission: a 6-by-20-foot installation that includes a miniature cabin (wired for electricity if desired), its own little hill, and outside beanbag seating. Use it as a conversation piece in the lobby of your tech startup, or just plop it down on your front lawn to friendly up the neighborhood.

Welcome to the latest twist on the city parklet movement—a project by Fabric8 Gallery that enlists one artist every year to create, and sell, a work that’s both public gathering space and art object. Erik Otto, who provided artwork and stage decoration for Outside Lands, was the first to take part. His parklet, described above, is now on the market for a cool $12,000.

And inquiries are flowing in from parties as diverse as music venue magnate Michael O’Connor (owner of the Independent and Oakland’s New Parish) and several private collectors who say they plan to use it as…a parklet. Will it sell? Well, it’s not as if parklet buyers have any place else to go, says Olivia Ongpin, co-owner of Fabric8 Gallery. “We’ve cornered the market.”


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