June 15, 2014
Norris Design's Chicago office recently participated in Bike It - an outdoor exhibit of bicycles as art organized by the Environmental Commission of the Village of Glen Ellyn.
The Village’s art and design community re-invented a collection of used and non-functional bikes into clever and thought-provoking sculpture. Participants included architects, interior designers, landscape architects, an art studio, graphic designers, retail merchants, road bike specialists, branding consultants, home staging advisors, a pottery studio, and members of the Environmental Commission.
Bike It! was unveiled on Sunday, June 15 and will continue for one month on the streets of Glen Ellyn--Main Street, Duane Street, Pennsylvania Avenue and Roosevelt Road.
Bike It! seeks to build upon the spirit of bicycling and the roll of people-centered, non-motorized transit in our suburban environment. It calls attention to the “Move GE” initiative currently being developed by graduate students from the University of Illinois.
Additional activities throughout the month will focus on raising awareness of existing amenities such as bike racks and bike paths within Glen Ellyn, and encourage a community conversation about the role of bicycles for recreation and transportation. On Saturdays, members of the Environmental Commission will distribute DuPage Bike Trail maps in the Central Business District. Media focus will explain how easy it is to visit Glen Ellyn—its lake, parks, shops and restaurants-- by bike from neighboring communities via the Prairie Path, the Great Western Trail, roadway bike lanes and public transportation.
Below is the Norris Design team and their bicycle submission, which went with with a "green" theme, featuring live moss planted annual baskets, green spray paint and Kermit the Frog with "It's Not Easy Being Green!" printed across his front. The team also replanted two planters with native plants near our office with donated plant material from a local nursery - quite the civic project!