Students Shine with Solar Power in the Holiday Starlight Parade

Art bikes and artists line up beside the Volkswagen float.

Saturday was a fun-filled evening for downtown Chattanooga. Both art bikes and artists had a fabulous time preparing for the big event and the crowd loved their sculptures. Instead of conventional light sources, Art 120 relied mostly on solar power to keep art bikes lit throughout the night. "We were looking for an efficient, lightweight source and, thanks to a friend, quickly realized solar would be the best choice."


An art bike rider waits for the lights to power up on the swing bike.

In fact, it was so successful that Art 120 will look at ways to incorporate this source of energy into their summer art bike workshops.

Last year due to zero sponsorship, this annual event was cancelled. According to WRCB, Volkswagen stepped in and made this event possible for our local families to enjoy. They also noted that this event was a much needed boost for downtown businesses as well. To view WRCB's news story, see the link below. In case you missed the parade lovely evening, channel 3 will air the event in its entirety, December 17th at 1:00pm. Thank you Chattanooga Presents, Volkswagen and WRCB for providing such a wonderful community event.

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