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Banksy Parking Girl Swing first appeared on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles in 2010. The wall depicts the word parking” painted in black with the -ing” whitewashed out and a girl swinging on a swing from the word done in red. The wall itself, before the work appeared, was white, blank; the word parking” was not on the wall. Banksy put up the word and the girl on the swing, then, later, covered over the -ing.”

Art interpretation is subjective, though the meaning of this one is pretty clear. Here is a parking lot. It is utilitarian, and ugly, located along a downtown city street. The piece is in a commercial area, with business offices surrounding it. A park would be a vast improvement over the current land use. It would be a place where children could play, and would liven up the neighborhood quite a bit. Parking Girl Swing can be considered a commentary on the urban landscape.

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