Cambridge Issues Parking Tickets With Yoga Poses To Calm Drivers
But now, at least one town thinks they have a unique solution to calm irate, just ticketed motorists–drawings of yoga poses on parking ticket envelopes.
Hilariously, inexplicably, and possibly embarrassingly the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has recently rolled out new parking ticket envelopes with these allegedly “calming” graphics.
The concept comes from Daniel Peltz, an associate professor at Rhode Island School of Design, is a temporary “artist in residence” at the Cambridge’s Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation, the equivalent of Chicago’s Department of Revenue.
According to a piece in the Boston Globe, Peltz spent a lot of time shadowing DTPT employees while they worked issuing tickets, booting cars, etc. and discovered “they were warm and funny people.”
This exhibit will also includes street and traffic signs used for poetry, using sewing machines to manufacture “soft boots” made of cloth to be affixed to vehicles, and a large scale drawing called “10,00 Excuses,” chronicling the excuses drivers have used while fighting Cambridge parking tickets.
According to the press release from the Arts Council, during his residency, “Peltz learned that the aim of the Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation was to maintain flow in the city, which led him to imagine a more peaceful exchange between Parking Control Officers and drivers being ticketed.”
A more peaceful exchange? Wha!?!
Sorry, but no amount of chanting “Om” and “downward facing dog” poses is going to calm a driver from wanting to put their fist through their windshield and shouting four letter obscenities after receiving a $50 parking violation on their car.