Philadelphia, July 20, 2015 – Ten Indego bikes designed and decorated by local youth hit the streets of Philadelphia as the result of a partnership between the Mural Arts Program, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities and the Better Bike Share Partnership, an initiative funded by the JPB Foundation.
Each bike has a unique design, all of which created by 20 students aged 10-15 years old from the Laura W. Waring Elementary School. During a six-week course after regular school hours, the students, led by Candy Coated, an artist, and Mural Arts educator Sarah Folger, created the designs around the themes of “sharing” and “bikes”. Students received lessons in color mixing, sticker and stencil making, pattern making and layering techniques. The course guided students to think about their experiences riding bicycles, their experiences sharing with others, and how certain shapes and colors work together to convey these experiences.
The colorful, patterned artwork that the students produced was then turned into wraps, or covers, for ten Indego bikes with the help of Mural Arts educator and graphic designer Zeke Zenei. The students also created stickers of their artwork to place on helmets donated by the Indego bike share program.
In celebration of this effort to bring art and biking together through the Indego bike share program, Philadelphians are encouraged to Tweet and Instagram photos of the specially wrapped bikes while using the hashtag #ridingmurals. There will be a month-long social media contest related to the hashtag.
Artist Candy Coated is known for her ‘Magic Carpet’ mural on the Eakins oval in Philadelphia, a project which was named by the Public Art Network Year in Review program as one of 31 outstanding pieces of public art created nationwide in 2014. Candy, an avid cyclist, has worked with communities in Philadelphia for two decades to make innovative public art.
Indego, sponsored by Independence Blue Cross, is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities. The program launched on April 23, 2015. Since then, more than 145,000 Indego bike rides have been taken between 70 stations across the city.