Wait music do not cross
Civilized means of transportation
Cities designed primarily for cars have many endless and shadeless sidewalks unfavorable or hostile to pedestrians. This has repercussions not only on mobility, but on equity and wellbeing. When given such a monotonous and exposed sidewalk to work with in West Palm Beach, the issue became an opportunity for play and collaboration.
Shade Parade is a slow means of public transportation inviting passersby to glide oversized parasols along a rail to negotiate and gather in delightful ways.
Montréal, Canada, 2020
Take a parasol for a stroll, scoot on its base, walk or roll beside it. You may share the shade or exchange it at the end of your course with a fellow traveller coming the other way. Glide your way to work, enjoy the scenery and meet someone new. The parasols are quite slow no matter what. It isn’t about speed or efficiency, just the simple pleasures of moving and sharing.
It is very hard to be angry, stressed, or sad, when gliding on an oversized parasol.
Shade Parade is an artwork commissioned by the city of West Palm Beach. It has yet to see palm trees, but was presented in Montreal in the summer of 2020. It is now available to transform shadeless, long, monotonous streets near you.