The acclaimed Danish exhibit ‘Dreams On Wheels’ is coming to Portland, Oregon in October 2009. The exhibition will be part of the Oregon Manifest, a multi-faceted celebration of cycling culture and lifestyle.
‘Dreams On Wheels’ was developed by curator Thomas Ermacora, in collaboration with Danish architect and urban design consultant Jan Gehl. It merges urban cycling culture, design intelligence and environmental consciousness. The exhibit features case studies on how cycling has affected Danish culture, analyzing the history and social development of biking as a viable transportation alternative. It’s already been shown in Paris, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Moscow, and London prior to coming to Portland.
The Danish exhibit will be one part of the expanded Oregon Manifest event. This year’s Manifest will feature six weekends of cycling-centric events, including a transportation bicycle Design Challenge, a special Constructor’s Race – featuring bikes from the design challenge – a Pop-Up Bike Union storefront, guest speakers, a cycling apparel fashion show, a family bicycle transportation day, and the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships.
“Oregon Manifest has expanded this year to broadcast the many ways cycling can impact our lives,” said event director Jocelyn SyCip. “Launching ‘Dreams of Wheels’ on its U.S. tour is a terrific coup for our event. We’re incredibly excited that Portlanders will be able to see how cycling has transformed the transportation mix in Denmark.”
The Danish Ambassador to the U.S., Friis Arne Peterson, will be on hand for the exhibit’s opening festivities, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Oregon Manifest Bike Union storefront. Appearing October 29th will be Mikael Colville-Andersen, a Danish filmmaker, photographer and journalist who is considered Copenhagen’s leading bicycle culture advocate. Colville-Andersen’s photographs are central to the ‘Dreams on Wheels’ exhibit.
‘Dreams on Wheels’ will be open to the public for the entire six-week run of Oregon Manifest at the event’s Pop-Up Bike Union Storefront, located at 539 NW 10th at Hoyt in Portland’s Pearl District.
For more information, visit www.oregonmanifest.com.