One German parking official is either tirelessly efficient or the best performance artist on earth.
Erwin Wurm, "Truck," 2015.
Karlsruhe Parking Enforcement, "Ticket," 2015.
One of art's purposes is to show us something real and truthful about ourselves. One truth Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has found with his work is that German parking police are ruthless.
Wurm's sculpture—a distorted VW truck bending halfway up a wall—is illegally parked in a restricted zone. Well, it would be if it were a truck, but it's not a truck. It's a sculpture. In America, it's not against the law to be an eyesore, but the law seems to be a bit trickier in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Wurm explains that his Volkswagen truck is macaroni-shaped to show the "mundane from a different perspective." I guess no matter how you look at it, it looks like a truck is where a truck shouldn't be, and there's a very real €30 ticket to be paid.
The way these pieces interact evokes the angst of vehicle ownership and civic responsibility. (via Facebook)
The Center for Art and Media—ZKM for short—is on the hook for the fine, and jokingly asked Wurm to pony up the cost in a Facebook post. However, everything is coming to a wonderfully German end as the mayor of Karlsruhe has offered to file a formal appeal to rescind the ticket.
A German parking ticket seems impossible to fight if the mayor can't even forgive the fine with a mayoral decree. One commenter on Facebook points out that Wurm and the KZM are fortunate that he wasn't “prosecuted for illegal vehicle modifications."