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Six local artists and a group of students at Highland Mill
Montessori School volunteered their time and painted the seven bike
racks that were installed throughout the neighborhood. The
public was invited to view the artists work in progress and the
finished products at an event that included a bike raffle, displays
detailing information about each artist, the rack they were
painting and where it would be installed in the NoDa neighborhood,
and information about Theron Ross, NoDa's resident welder, who
constructed the bike racks. The bike rack created by the students
on their field day, as installed at Highland Mill Montessori
Attendees were invited to vote for their favorite paint job and
enter a raffle to win a custom built bicycle donated by New Belgium
Brewery. Attendees 21+ were also invited to enjoy a
complimentary New Belgium Brewery beer (IDs were checked at the
entrance gate). The bicycle was raffled off with the winning
ticket belonging to local musician Javon Washington. Attendee
votes were counted and the winning paint job belonged to Nico
Amortegui who painted the car frame rack which was installed at
Amelie's French Cafe & Bakery on N. Davidson St.
'CABA' and 'Sustain Charlotte' set up information tables at
the event to get the word out about their organizations and promote
bicycling in Charlotte. Music during the event was provided
by DJ Hintzmann for the first few hours, then a band from
School of Rock, a local youth music education program, played for
the last few hours. Racks were painted, everyone participated
and a good time was had by all.
Amy Farris Ray, NoDa
Greenification Committee Chair, said, "NoDa is a
unique neighborhood in Charlotte and we tried to embody the nature
of NoDa in our NEC grant project. Combining the addition of
seven bike racks around the neighborhood with a public art project
seemed like the perfect combination to bring eco-conciousness to
our artistic community. We had a great turn out and a lot of
fun at the 'Pimp My Rack' event, and I see the racks being used
everyday as I travel through the neighborhood."
Check out the YouTube video from the event to see more: "Pimp My Rack Video"