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Art or hazard: Mini Cooper hangs off side of Houston business

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Cars belong on Houston streets, but a lone Mini Cooper is bucking the trend.

Trey Warren pulled over just to see the car hanging off the side of a building in the 3300 block of Kirby Drive.

"When I drove by, it really made me take a look and say hey, who is this?  What kind of company is this?" Warren said.

That's the goal, Hayden Parvizian, owner of Parvizian Rugs, said.

"They're saying it's art.  Some are saying it's advertising, but it's bringing a lot of attention for the building, for the tenant downstairs as well as making upper Kirby look nice," Parvizian said.

What if the car falls and hits someone?  While it is made of fiberglass and not an actual Mini Cooper, that did not stop the City of Houston from issuing two citations.  Those citations state the owner failed to follow the rules before hanging that car frame from the building.

As a result, the city has blocked the sidewalks.

"If you're going to put up a sign anywhere in the City of Houston, there are ordinances you have to obey and adhere to, and they didn't follow the rules," public works spokesman Alvin Wright said.

Are Houstonians worried about their safety on Kirby Drive?

"Obviously they took precautions and they know the plans to what it takes to have it up there for it to be structurally sound," Warren said.

The city may call it a sign, but the owner calls it art.  He is confident the Mini Cooper will remain dangling off the side of the building.

"What we know is this week, they got an encroachment permit approved and they're waiting on one more thing, so they should be removing the barricade by Friday and unblock the sidewalk," Parvizian said.

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