Seniors use media inspiration to create parking spots


Avery Eggers and Sasha Milstein help Elizabeth Barbera design her “Grey’s Anatomy”-themed parking space. Photo by McKenna Ellis

During the senior parking spot painting event Aug. 8, three students brought their personal interests to life in their designs.

Elizabeth Barbera’s parking spot was inspired by the popular medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“‘Grey’s’ is my favorite show but I finished all twelve seasons, so I thought this would be a unique way to keep it in my life even though I’m not watching it anymore,” Barbera said.

In addition, Carl Ilustrisimo recreated the poster from his favorite movie to achieve a cyberpunk theme for his parking space.

“I’ve always had fascination with cyberpunk because it’s so vibrant and full of life and yet also a bit depressing. I chose to mimic designs from ‘Akira’ for my parking space because its story is very unique and I can see its influence in all forms of animation, music and even fashion, all of which I thoroughly enjoy. Having a piece of that to represent my space is pretty cool,” Ilustrisimo said.

Another student used a line from her favorite book, “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath. The quote stuck with Kourtney Nham, influencing her to incorporate it into her design.

“I painted an anatomical heart with a banner and the quote ‘I am. I am. I am,’ on my spot. I’m constantly worried about who I am and what I’m going to be in the future, so this reminds me that while it is important to figure out those kinds of questions, it’s also important to remember that there is beauty in just being here,” Nham said.

Students paid $40 to secure their space in the senior lot, but ASB provided all the supplies and entertainment for the event. Upon arrival, all participants had their rough drafts approved by activities director Mr. Travis Mougeotte before they could use the four hours to paint over last year’s designs and create their own.