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Bike Art Project

With the USA Pro Challenge scheduled to roll through Colorado August 20 – 26, DIA, VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, and race organizers joined forces for the second year in a row to commission local artists for a temporary, sports-themed art display. Plus Gallery’s Ivar Zeile asked prominent Denver-based artists and non-profit arts organizations to transform 13 bicycles into unique, stand-alone works of art, celebrating a selection of the teams that will compete in the race. The art is finished and will be on display at DIA through the month of August and can be found on top of baggage carousels, located on both the east and west sides of Jeppesen Terminal : Level 5.

The Brief:
12 creative teams commissioned to turn 12 bikes into works of art. Each team was given a bike and assigned a professional cycling team. The creative challenge was to interpret the team, its riders and sponsors in a conceptual manner.

Creative Rationale:
We love bikes. It’s something about the freedom and exhilaration. The candy like coating of shiny paint. The smell of grease and rubber. We enjoy them us much now as we did when the training-wheels first came off. We ride them on the road and on the trail. For exercise, transportation and plain old fun. Bikes are our favorite toys. Radio Shack was the perfect team for us. We were inspired by the cool remote controlled toys we got from them when we were kids. So we decided to turn our USA Pro Cycling Challenge bike into one by packaging it up in a big ole box.

Special thanks to design intern Ross Ahlvin, who provided support on the design side and Tim Sukle, on the fabrication side of things.

Carboard bike

Super cool. Great concept, and very well shot.

Happy clouds

Hey, we know it’s Monday. But if you’re feeling the Monday blues, this video is sure to cheer you up.

“Cloudy” was produced at FriendsWithYou, Miami, by Samual Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III.

Olympic font

While this font and the olympic design has been ‘out there’ for months, after spending an entire weekend glued to olympic coverage, we really got a good look at this stuff. Still can’t say we’re in love with this font, but we are curious what others out there are thinking.

Here’s to hoping that intense exposure to these letter forms over the next few weeks will cause them to grow on us.

Friends take the same picture for 30 years.

These guys have been gathering for 30 years at the same cabin in the woods and taking the same photo, every 5 years. Pretty cool idea. Read the whole backstory here.

Negative space

Some real cool pieces using negative space by Tang Yau Hoong. See more here.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The summer campaign for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is in full swing.

This Zoo is special. First of all, it’s tucked away on the side of a mountain. So it’s beautiful. And not only do you get über close to the animals, you get to interact with lots of them. Like feeding an entire herd of giraffes. And that’s pretty exciting. And what led us to this year’s campaign. If you haven’t been, click here for a preview of why TripAdvisor named Cheyenne Mountain Zoo one of the top ten Zoos in the U.S.

Although the Waldo Canyon fire did not threaten the Zoo or its animals, attendance has been negatively affected as the community has dealt with the natural disaster. Colorado Springs and the Zoo remain open for business and would love your support. So if you get a chance, drop by and say hi. They’ll appreciate it more than you know.

Here’s a little behind the scenes of the making of the campaign.




Old pay phones into Wifi spots. Hope you’re paying attention, Denver.

We’re hoping that after the powers that be in D-town read this that they’re already getting this going. Of course, none of us can remember seeing a pay phone in Denver, but if they exist, this is what should be done with them.

From the NYC GOV tumbler page:

The City today announced a pilot program to add free public Wi-Fi at payphone kiosks throughout the five boroughs. Here are the 10 initial locations with Wi-Fi service. Additional hotspots will come in the following months.

Camp Nectar fruit boxes

Well, we can honestly say this is a new medium to us: fruitvertising. General Brands in Brazil worked on this campaign for Camp Nectar fruit boxes, with Age Isobar, São Paulo, to actually grow fruit in the shape of juice boxes. The idea was to convey that the juice in the boxes was made from real fruit. If nothing else, it’s certainly eye-catching. And, this campaign won a Gold Outdoor Lion, a Bronze Direct Lion, a Silver and Bronze Promo & Activation Lion, so it’s obviously well received by the industry.