Design in Motion

A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Completed 2010. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • location

    Citywide

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • completion date

    April 22, 2010

About the Project 

In 2009 and 2010, Artist Desireé Bender and Big Picture students created Design in Motion, a city-wide public art and graphic design project produced in collaboration with The Design Center at Philadelphia University and commissioned by the City of Philadelphia Streets Department Recycling Office to coincide with the introduction of Philadelphia’s city-wide single-stream recycling program.

The twenty recycling trucks feature artwork created by Mural Arts students in response to their study of historical and contemporary textiles which feature elements drawn from The Design Center’s textile collection. The dedication of the colorful, vinyl-wrapped trucks were celebrated with a parade down Broad Street and a dedication ceremony on Earth Day 2009 and 2010.

 

Photos of the Trucks 

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • A Design in Motion truck by Desireé Bender. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Sponsors 

Surnda Foundation
City of Philadelphia Streets Department Recycling Office