Last month, I sent an email inviting Rogers Park artists and designers to submit a proposed logo design for a few of the 100 bike racks that will be installed in the 49th Ward next year.
As the original request was sent at the end of the summer when many people were on vacation, I became concerned that some eligible participants may have missed it. I want as many artists in Rogers Park as possible to submit a proposal, so I have extended the deadline to Friday, September 19th, at 11:59 p.m.
Below is the original request for proposals, with the new date posted:
Are you a Rogers Park artist, designer or just have a knack for slick sketching? I need your help coming up with a bike rack logo that welcomes people to our neighborhood.
The bike racks are being funded through the 49th Ward’s Participatory Budgeting process in which residents of my ward vote on how to spend $1 million of the ward’s capital infrastructure fund. Residents in 2010 voted to fund 15 “artistic multifunctional bike racks.” However, the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management, which has final discretion over the funding of City infrastructure projects, did not approve the project, as it had serious concerns about the cost of the racks as well as insurance and oversight issues.
Instead, the City’s Budget Office approved my request to use the money allocated for the artistic bike racks to install nearly 100 of the traditional City bike racks throughout our neighborhood. The City’s Budget Office also agreed to my request to set aside a portion of the money allocated to include a distinct logo design on some of the racks that will be located at several community gateways and high traffic spots.
I’m looking for Rogers Park artists and designers to come up with ideas for the logo design.
Several Chicago neighborhoods use custom logos on their bike racks to build community identity, improve the look of commercial streets, and add a little local creativity to an otherwise purely functional object on the public way. I’ve included with this email some examples from the Uptown, Wicker Park/Bucktown and Lakeview neighborhoods.
The competition is open to any Rogers Park artists or designer. You must either live in Rogers Park or have a studio in Rogers Park (defined as the area bound by the Evanston border on the north, Devon Avenue on the south, Lake Michigan on the east and Western Avenue on the West)
A committee of representatives of the Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee and the Rogers Park Arts Alliancewill narrow down the submissions to no more than six finalists.The winning design will be selected through a community vote that will be held on Sunday, October 5th, during the Art Round Trip Festival.
The designer will receive a $500 cash prize, plus bragging rights.
I look forward to the ideas our local artists submit for this unique opportunity.
Alderman Joe Moore is requesting logo designs for custom bike racks to be installed throughout the 49th Ward. Using aldermanic menu funding approved through the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting process, he is inviting artists who live or have studios in Rogers Park (defined as the area bound by the Evanston on the north, Devon Avenue on the south, Lake Michigan on the east and Western Avenue on the west) to submit logo designs to be incorporated into new bike racks that will (a) provide improved bicycle parking and (b) help build neighborhood pride and branding.
A committee of representatives of the Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee and the Rogers Park Arts Alliance will narrow down the submissions to no more than six finalists. The winning design will be selected through a community vote that will be held on Sunday, October 5th, during the Art Round Trip Festival.
Logoed bike racks will be manufactured through the City of Chicago Department of Transportation and placed throughout the 49th Ward in highly-visible gateway locations that serve cyclists, schools, parks, and commercial areas.
Logo would be incorporated into a “staple rack” or “downtown” rack.
Rack Specs: 32″ high, 34″ wide, 2″ circumference.
Height limit of logo: 20″ from ground to allow for easy locking.
Logo design: An easily understandable logo that may or may not incorporate the words “Rogers Park,” does not interfere with normal bike rack use, and highlights the neighborhood as a great place to live, work and visit. Color has yet to be determined, but the color options are available athttp://www.dero.com/products/downtown-rack/downtown-rack-options.html
However, please submit your design in black and white, so all entries can be judged the same.
Submission & Timeline
Logo submissions (no more than three per artist) are due no later than Friday, September 19 at 11:59 p.m. Email as a jpg to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your name, home and/or studio address, email and phone in the message body. Please also include your first and last name in the image filename.
Logo design finalists will be mounted and available for view and voting at the Art Round Trip Festival onSunday, October 5. The goal is to submit a final design to the Department of Transportation by fall 2014 with installation in early 2015.
The winning designer will receive $500 in compensation and will be entitled to full bragging rights.