West Virginia Town Unveils Decorative Parking Meters


West Virginia Town Unveils Decorative Parking Meters

Just to be clear, the meters in a hip shopping area of Wheeling, West Virginia are decorative, but not only decorative. They still take money and keep time. According to wtrf.com, the city’s arts council challenged local artists to submit their ideas for painted meters and the selected entrants carried out their work this weekend. The Centre Market Meter Mural Project will offer prizes to the best meters.

“Oh, I love it. It’s an up and coming artsy place, now and it was just a wonderful project and I would like to see all of them be painted, it was awesome,” said Wheeling resident, Dina Carney.

At the risk of sounding like a humbug (or a hater, which ever word you like best), I’m not that sure parking meters need decorating. They are utilitarian in their design and function, and I think that means they should be nondescript. But the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission has other ideas, and it’s their town, so why not?

To read the article and see a slide show of the painted meters, click here.


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