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German city slaps car sculpture with a ticket

CityLab logo CityLab 6/23/2015 John Metcalfe
A child walks past the work 'Truck' by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm on June 21, 2015 in Karlsruhe, southwestern Germany. The work is part of the exhibition 'The City is the Star Art at the Construction Site' running across the city until September 27, 2015. © AFP PHOTO/DPA/ULI DECK A child walks past the work 'Truck' by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm on June 21, 2015 in Karlsruhe, southwestern Germany. The work is part of the exhibition 'The City is the Star Art at the Construction Site' running across the city until September 27, 2015.

There must be a German traffic officer out there with either no sense of humor or an excellent one, because this weirdly bent truck—an obvious work of public art—just got a parking ticket.

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm built the surreal auto for the Center for Art and Media to celebrate the anniversary of the city of Karlsruhe. He perhaps should’ve included a disabled license plate, because while the truck’s front wheels are fine, the rear ones are braced vertically against a wall in what’s clearly a no-parking area. As clever as it’d be, the 30-euro ticket is not part of the sculpture. On Friday, the arts center bemoaned on Facebook “it’s a real ticket, which would be payable by [us].”

However, it looks like the ticket might not need be contested. Yesterday, KA-News reported city officials conspired to issue the citation for laughs (this is via Google Translate):

"This was meant by the colleagues from the outset as a joke," said a city spokesperson…. The clerk's office was informed of the action….

[An arts center] spokeswoman said, however appreciatively: “We think it’s great if the fine men of this city think for themselves artistically.”

No word yet if a similarly parked car in London has incurred any violations.

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