Residents, organizations and business sought for Bicycles on Parade

Posted on March 13, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Elgin Community Network, in conjunction with the Gail Borden Public Library, City of Elgin, 

Elgin Climate Change Organization, Downtown Neighborhood Association and the City’s 

schools, businesses, and not-for-profits are creating unique works of art using bicycles as the canvas. 

We’re asking the community to embrace Bicycles on Parade and create a gallery of bicycles lining the sidewalks. These colorful bicycles, or “artbikes”, will be displayed throughout Elgin, but primarily in front of City Hall, Gail Borden Library, Centre, Hemmens and downtown businesses, schools, museums, parks, and churches for all to enjoy! 

This project will excite the public to explore the city, emphasize diversity, quality, and strength of our community, focus on Elgin as a premier bike and thriving art community, and guarantee visibility for all participants. In other words, make public art accessible, increase tourism, utilize our bike pathways, and have FUN! 

Similar public art projects promoting tourism have been completed in both Chicago & Elgin. The Chicago project featured 300 cows designed by local artists and sponsored by local merchants, corporations, and individuals. The cows were then placed on medians, sidewalks, in parks, on sides of buildings, and even hanging from ceilings. Elgin did the same with its phenomenal 2005 Dinos on Parade. Last year, we at ECN together with our partners successfully launched Rain Barrels on Parade which generated over 103,000 votes for the winning barrel contest and bringing thousands of people to downtown Elgin during the course of two months. 

Participants will use any bicycle available to create their work of art. Artists are encouraged to create imaginative and unique works of art appropriate for outdoor display. One class will be rideable, the other not. Bicycles on Parade will display approximately 100 bicycles from May thru July 30, 2010 and will conclude with an auction on Aug. 1 at Art & Soul of the Fox. Proceeds to benefit ECN’s sustainable neighborhood projects. 

For information, contact Sigi Psimenos, project chairperson at


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