The city immediately deemed the installation a safety risk, ticketing the building's two modern design stores — Parvizian Rugs International and Internum — for improper signage, asking them to remove the floating car and erect a barricade to help passers-by avoid walking beneath it.
The team of panicked city inspectors had no idea it was a fake when they issued no less than three citations.
But according to Hayden Parvizian, who owns the building at 3303 Kirby as well as Parvizian Rugs on the second floor, there's a trick keeping a 2,600-pound vehicle in mid-air . . . It has to be made of fiberglass.
"The car's actually just a hollow display piece from Mini Cooper to show off the new S series," he told CultureMap on Tuesday.
"We're working with Momentum Mini for the campaign, which was recently done in Times Square where there's a lot more foot traffic. It's completely safe. We had it installed by professionals with assistance from a structural engineer."
Unfortunately, the team of panicked inspectors had no idea it was a fake when they issued no less than three citations. In their defense, though, the car looks pretty damn real.
Parvizian explained that the city doesn't exactly have a "floating Mini" section in its current building code. With the support of several officials, however, he hopes to have the installation officially approved by Friday.
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