Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Parking Meters Mess with Miami Bums' Beer Fund

The coins will go to Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.
I was wondering what was going on with the Britto Meters. Miami New Times answers the question:

Pop artist Romero Britto's work has infected Miami like a great open sore pulsing red, yellow, and blue. When future archeologists unearth our city, they'll think we worshiped squinting kitty-cats and butterflies--and that our artistic ability fell one neanderthal short of a cave painting.

Now Britto has teamed up with the luminary responsible for Miami's famous Julia Tuttle sex offender colony, lobbyist and Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust chairman Ron Book, for his least tasteful project yet. Parking meters, painted a dog-vomit yellow with floral highlights, are now being installed all over the city. The coins they collect with go to Book's homeless agency--minus a thousand-dollar overhead going to pay for the meter, installation and Britto's fee, of course--so that samaritans don't give the money directly to beggars.

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By Gus Garcia-Roberts, Tue., Jul. 13 2010 @ 9:28AM

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