Repurposing a Parking Lot

Buses lined up behind the West Tisbury School, September 2011

For years the back parking lot at the West Tisbury School was used by off-duty school buses. Teachers were having to park on the grass (apart from field trips, school buses are off-duty during the school day), so the decision was find the buses another home. On school days the back lot is now about three-quarters full with teachers’ cars. No buses in sight.

Now that school is out for the summer, a white tent has taken up residence in the middle of the lot: TestMV, the community Covid-19 testing station, offers free, drive-through testing there during the week. (Appointments are required: more info here.)

Because Tam and I walk across the parking lot several times a week, I discovered another change that drivers passing the school on Old County Road are likely to miss: student artwork. Several of the parking spaces have become frames for original paintings. They’re hard to photograph at ground level — I’m seriously thinking of driving over there and retaking these pics while standing on top of my car — but here are a few of them.

I love the caption here: “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good.” If that’s Batman’s insignia up there, it’s a symbol instantly recognizable across multiple generations in the U.S. and probably elsewhere.
These mountains seem to rise from the asphalt.
An abstract in some of my favorite colors
June is “Pride Month” and two of the paintings take note of it. Here’s one of them.
As far as I’m concerned, the critters are the stars of this one, but they’ve got a Pride flag draped over a lower branch.

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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