Greening the Bend is an expansion of the Rain Barrel Project, my fellowship with IU South Bend Center for a Sustainable Future, which is now in its third year.
Tapping on the popularity of the Rain Barrel Project, which connects the arts, sustainability, business, and educational communities as well as governmental entities, we are in the process of forming a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. The goal of the organization is to raise funds for the installation of high-visibility “green” civic projects in the South Bend area. To get things started, one of the first things I did was to develop a logo that I felt would capture the essence of the organization. To do this, I turned to my friend and graphic designer, Patty Reddy, owner of Art/Reddy. We both felt an integral part of the design had to be the river.
According to historians, native people who inhabited this area called the river “Sagwa,” a reference to the legend of a mysterious apparition said to appear on her shore. The logo, depicting the bending river and green adornments, embraces this history and our hope for a sustainable future.
Stay tuned for further developments!