On a summer day in Beverly Hills, furniture designer and maker Tanya Aguiñiga put some coins in a Rodeo Drive parking meter, attached herself to a palm tree, sat down in her parking space, and began to backstrap weave. It didn’t take long for police to show up and demand that she leave, despite her reasoning that she had technically rented that space. They told her it was for her own safety, and pointed her to a nearby park, where her folksy, handmade appearance annoyed some tourists hoping to get photos of the large Beverly Hills sign behind her. The complete interview is up over on the southern California community news site KCET.
I enjoy the contrast of something so DIY happening on one of America’s most well-known and elite shopping streets.