Ghost Parking Lot eliminated to make room for parking lot

The line of 15 asphalt-covered cars comprising the "Ghost Parking Lot" was demolished and removed from a shopping center in Hamden, Connecticut on Monday, Sept. 22. We thought it was already destroyed, but the property owners finally did the deed in Hamden Plaza, where the unusual piece of public art had slowly decayed since installation in 1978.

A local art professor bought an extra year of life for the sculpture as he tried to raise the money to renovate and preserve it, estimated at $125,000 to $150,000. He was unsuccessful.

The Ghost Parking Lot is the latest victim in an apparent assault on parking lot art installations, joining the Sunken Ship, recently scraped from a Pittsfield, Massachusetts parking lot.

Sept. 2003: Demolished

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