Art Meters (Kickstarter):New Yorker Conrad Stojak aims to save obsolete coin-operated parking meters from the scrap heap by transforming them into tiny little art pieces, flower planters, and other beautiful boons for the enjoyment of the public.

  • The Art Meters project on Kickstarter.com is raising funds to beautify obsolete coin-operated parking meters.

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    The Art Meters project on Kickstarter.com is raising funds to beautify obsolete coin-operated parking meters.

The project: With many municipalities turning to electronic pay stations to take care of paid parking on their streets, the coin-operated, pole-mounted meters may become obsolete. This project, by New Yorker Conrad Stojak, aims to save the meters from the scrap heap by transforming them into tiny little art pieces, flower planters, and other beautiful boons for the enjoyment of the public.

The status: As of press time, 18 Kickstarter backers have pledged $874 total toward the project’s goal of $5,000, with just four days to go.

The good: The tiny little tableaus wouldn’t take up much space on a streetscape, and they’re adorable.

The bad: Instead of spending the relatively modest amount of money needed to place and maintain the Art Meters, essentially a cosmetic project, municipalities could instead sell the meters for scrap and make a buck.

The verdict: It’s unlikely Art Meters will snap up more than $4,000 in four days; however, because the project is cute, charming, and relatively inexpensive—and similar ideas have worked in other cities like Miami—it may deserve a second chance.

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