‘Fine Art Fridges’ on display at Discovery Center

From press release

CHICAGO—While ComEd’s “Fine Art Fridges” may no longer be gracing the Magnificent Mile, customers can still check out the cool recycled fridge art in its new homes. The art exhibit is on display at Navy Pier in Chicago, Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago in Glenview and the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford. The new locations will each display the fridge art until Nov. 8.

Fine Art Fridges features nine recycled refrigerators that have been turned into works of art by Chicago-area artists. It was launched this summer along Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, and is helping ComEd raise awareness about its appliance recycling program, which received an 11-percent increase in enrollments the week following the launch of the exhibit.

“Fine Art Fridges generated quite a buzz this summer while delivering an important environmental message in a fun and creative way,” said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd president and COO. “We wanted to extend the exhibit further into our service territory to reach as many customers as possible. Our partners at Navy Pier, Kohl Children’s Museum and the Discovery Center Museum, have provided great venues for us to do so.”

Through appliance recycling, ComEd will haul away their customers’ old, working refrigerator for free and pay them $25 per appliance. To date, the program has removed more than 50,000 inefficient appliances from the market.

Older refrigerators can use up to five times more electricity than newer models. They can also consume up to $150 a year in electricity.

Appliance Recycling is part of ComEd’s Smart Ideas portfolio of energy efficiency programs, which provides customers with information and tools they need to manage their electricity usage. Appliance recycling helps customers responsibly dispose of their inefficient units to save energy, money and the environment.

Navy Pier Kohl Children’s Museum is at 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, and Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago is at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, Ill.

Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Ste. 2, Rockford, will feature Victoria Fuller’s “Peas and Quiet”; Lucy Slivinski’s “In the Land of Love, There is No Garbage”; and Mike Helbing’s “Running Down, Out to Pasture.”

For more about ComEd’s Fine Art Fridges exhibit, visit ComEd.com. For information about appliance recycling and energy-saving tips, visit comed.com/smartideas.

From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue

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