FINE ART FRIDGES.
Starting today, visitors to Mag Mile will have some new public art to “eyeball” as they saunter the sidewalks between Illinois Street and Chicago Avenue. No it’s not something left over from the Transformers 3 filming. It is nine “transformed,” and themed refrigerators designed by Chicago-area artists under the banner of FINE ART FRIDGES.
The designs go way beyond the refrigerator magnets that decorate many home refrigerators. FINE ART FRIDGES are fashioned by well-respected and celebrated Chicago artists. The refrigerator themes range from a celebration of flowers to a tribute to endangered life in the Gulf of Mexico. Time will tell, if these “Refrigerators on Parade” will become as popular as Chicago’s “Cows on Parade” almost a decade ago.
Artist “VooDoo” Larry Grobe of Elk Grove has transformed a 1950s Philco refrigerator into a hot rod, using mostly recycled pieces to take on a new life as a 1928 Ford.
Chicago artist Nicole Beck who is known for her mosaics has recycled a refrigerator into a tribute to endangered life in the Gulf of Mexico. Other works by Beck include a public sculpture “Quanaloop” that debuted in 2000 at Navy Pier’s “PierWalk International Sculpture Exhibition.”
A third transformation features shoes attached to a refrigerator with plants growing out of them.
Look for the FINE ART FRIDGES at the following Michigan Avenue locations:
Tiffany’s, Saks, Chicago Place, the Omni Hotel, Garmin, Cole Haan, Coach, Aldo and Grand Lux Cafe. The exhibit goes through September 15, 2010.
The exhibition was created by ComEd to raise awareness for the ComEd Appliance Recycling Program through which ComEd will haul away your old, second working
refrigerator or freezer free of charge. In return customers will receive $25.00 per appliance. ComEd estimates that consumers could save $150.00 a year in electricity costs by getting ride of their extra refrigerator. To date, the program has removed more than 43,000 inefficient appliances from the market.
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