National Grid and City of Providence Unveil Unique Outdoor Art Exhibit
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National Grid and City of Providence Unveil Unique Outdoor Art Exhibit

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sculptures created by Rhode Island artists and displayed throughout downtown Providence are part of National Grid's "Fine Art of Recycling" campaign to promote recycling of old refrigerators and freezers.

Recycling has never looked so good. Providence Mayor, Angel Taveras and National Grid's Vice President of Government Relations in Rhode Island, Michael Ryan, today kicked-off National Grid's new collaborative recycling awareness campaign on Kennedy Plaza in Providence's Burnside Park, unveiling a sculpture created by Rhode Island artist, Andrew Sloan. The piece, titled, "I Recycle," is one of eight unique designs by local artists built using recycled refrigerators as part of the "The Fine Art of Recycling - Saving is an Art" campaign.

The campaign is designed to create public awareness of National Grid's refrigerator recycling program that offers a $50 rebate to customers who responsibly recycle their old refrigerators and freezers. "The Fine Art of Recycling - Saving is an Art" unites National Grid's passion for energy-efficiency with a long-standing tradition of support for the arts and cultural programs.

Today's press conference and unveiling was followed by a celebration in Burnside Park that included musicians, an appearance by the artists and Pawtucket Red Sox mascot, Paws. The day also included educational activities for kids, including a chance to paint two recycled refrigerators, a prize wheel, lemonade, festival food and more.

"The 'Fine Art of Recycling' campaign helps us bring our energy-efficiency and conservation messages directly to our Rhode Island customers. These sculptures are a fun, creative way to generate awareness, engage our customers and highlight how simple it can be to implement energy efficiency measures that make a difference ," said Ryan.

The sculptures will be displayed at prominent locations throughout downtown Providence, including Kennedy Plaza and the Roger Williams National Memorial through the end of September. Residents and visitors to the city are invited to vote for their favorite sculpture, and the winning artist will be announced on October 2. Information about National Grid's refrigerator recycling program is available on National Grid's website at

About National Grid: National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

About the Department of Art, Culture & Tourism: The Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (AC+T) ensures the continued development of a vibrant and creative city by integrating arts and culture into community life while showcasing Providence as an international cultural destination.

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