WHAT: City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, the Philadelphia Streets Department and City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by debuting 10 new colorfully vinyl wrapped recycling trucks. City officials will provide remarks in LOVE Park in front of a crowd of students and residents committed to the greening of Philadelphia. All 10 trucks will be parked around LOVE Park. City mascots, music and PMBC and Philadelphia Recycling Rewards representatives will join the Earth Day festivities.
The recycling trucks will make their way to LOVE Park with an Earth Day parade down Broad Street. The trucks will depart from Temple University at 1:45 pm, proceed south on Broad Street, circle around City Hall and park on 15th Street next to LOVE Park. During this procession, great photo opportunities of the recycling trucks will be available.
From January through April 2010, artist Desireé Bender, the drivers of the 10 recycling trucks participating in the Design in Motion: The Recycling Truck Project, and over 60 students ranging in age from 10 to 14 and enrolled in Mural Arts’ free after-school Big Picture program worked together on the conceptualization, design and production of graphic vinyl wraps for 10 City of Philadelphia recycling trucks. Their designs are inspired by and quote historical and contemporary textile patterns that celebrate elements of nature and are drawn from the collection of The Design Center at Philadelphia University.
The Earth Day celebration and Design in Motion project is another initiative aimed to make the City of Philadelphia the Greenest City in America by 2015. It is aligned with the Streets Department new UnLitter Us movement, whose goal is to create clean, safe and beautiful streets and neighborhoods. The celebration will provide a wide variety of photo and interview opportunities.
WHO: –Mayor Michael A. Nutter City of Philadelphia
–Commissioner Clarena I.W. Tolson, City of Philadelphia Department of the Streets Commissioner
–Katherine Gajewski, City of Philadelphia Director of Sustainability
–Jane Golden, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
–Student representing Design in Motion program
–Truck drivers involved in Design in Motion program
WHEN: Thursday, April 22
WHERE: LOVE Park