Mobile Garden project still on side rails due to lack of funding

The artist behind the ambitious Mobile Garden project was hopeful last year about securing proper funding to get launch his flat-bed rail car on the CTA this spring.

But right now, Joe Baldwin is still negotiating with corporate sponsors. "Nothing is set in stone," said Baldwin. "And until we have a corp partner we're 'waiting for signal clearance ahead'."

The Mobile Garden website provides a succinct description: "The mobile garden project is a one month art installation of a native
plant garden onto a CTA flat train car with regular service."You can also donate at the website.

Baldwin last year got the CTA to sign off on the project, but they are only providing the means to propel the car. No funding for the project is coming from the CTA.

Good luck to Baldwin on fund-raising. I think it's a cool idea.

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Here's a Chicagoist interview with Baldwin from last year with more details on the project.

On a semi-related note, I ran across this photo of a flatbed car for stowing bikes on the Stuttgart Rack Railway in Germany. The railway started using the flatbed for bikes in 1982. Of course, this couldn't work in Chicago for a number of reasons, not the least of which are liability concerns and inadequate platform length.

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  • If we're lucky, there will never be funding for this worthless & useless idiocy!
    Anyone that gives this thing money probably believes that a Nigerian prince has left him "10 million united state dollar"!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    See people, this is why we can't have nice things.

  • In reply to Nirvana911:

    There's not one nice thing about this foolish waste of money.
    That includes that absurd watercolor where he has a standard L car cut down to a flat car, but it appears to be attached to the train pushing it without any way of turning.
    If he thinks that will work, I can't wait for the derailment at the first turn!

    Isaac's idea of planters at stations makes far more sense.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    IT'S A WATERCOLOR!

  • In reply to Nirvana911:

    After some more looking at it, it's really incompetent Photoshop.
    Which is to be assumed, as his idea is also incompetent!

  • In reply to Nirvana911:

    I'd like to see this, so I just kicked in another $10.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Oh, will that ever make Scooter mad!

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    It doesn't make me mad that you're foolish enough to waste your money.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I'm probably not going to kick in for it myself, but if somebody wants to spend their own money on something, to them it's not a waste. Quite likely you recently spent $10 of your own money on something that I wouldn't see the point of at all. Chacun a son gout.

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    CC, I love when someone teaches me something new, and today you win that prize.

    cha

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    I like to say it's French for "whatever floats your boat."

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    That was 'another $10' Jack. As in I've donated before and will continue to do so when I feel like it.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    So what are you up to now? $30? Do you think that anything will get this on track?

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Of course, if $10 gets this train on the track...

    About as likely as if I "invest" $10 in the outgoing Mare's legacy maglev.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I think I'd like to see these resources go towards more regular planters at stations and platforms vs. this option.

  • In reply to redisaac:

    @Isaac: That's a nice idea, but it requires ongoing maintenance money and personnel time that the CTA doesn't have.

  • In reply to redisaac:

    At this point I'd settle for powerwashing the pigeon poop off platforms. I've dialed down my expectations for beauty since the recession.

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