'The Spirit of the Animals is in the Wheels' Toledo Visit

Packo’s and Toledo.com Bring Unique Art Bikes to Toledo

Packo’s and Toledo.com have partnered to bring three one-of-a-kind art bikes to Toledo for several community events from Thursday, May 18th to early June, 2017.

These fantastical, functional pedal-powered beasts were recently commissioned and built to support 826michigan, a free afterschool writing and tutoring program serving Detroit, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Dave Eggers, an artist, writer and founder of 826 National and Juan Martinez, a Detroit metal artist collaborated to create “The Spirit of the Animals is in the Wheels” ~ sculptural aluminum bikes in the form of a pangolin, a bison and a bear.

In an effort to expose these stunning bikes to a wider audience, Toledo.com developed a plan to showcase them locally. Long-time partner, Tony Packo’s jumped at the chance to be involved with such a unique offering. In addition, the public will be able to experience these beautiful bikes in Packo’s very own neighborhood, the Warehouse District. If you see the bikes in the wild, be sure to seek out additional information about a promotion that Packo’s is running in conjunction with the bikes’ visit.

Packo's Promotion:
Click here for your chance to win FREE PACKO'S FOR A YEAR!

*restrictions apply - offer active through Sunday, June 11th, 2017. 

The bikes are scheduled to appear at the following community events:

The Art Loop (presented by The Arts Commission)
in downtown Toledo
5:30pm - 9pm
Bikes will be mobile during part of Art Loop and then be parked in front of Packo’s at the Park - 7 S Superior St, Toledo, OH 43604

Bike Day at The Farmer’s Market (organized by Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments)
in the Warehouse District
9am - 12 noon

The King Wamba Parade (during the Old West End Festival)
in the Old West End
Parade steps off around 10am

Please note, bike appearance schedule is subject to change, due to weather.

Special thanks to Amanda Uhle, Executive Director at 826michigan and Detroit Artist, Juan Martinez for helping us coordinate this project.

Image Credit: Doug Coombe
Video Credit: Noah Elliott Morrison