Client news: 5 by 5 Design donates art benefitting Full Cycle, helping homeless youth

5 by 5 Design donated custom-created bicycle wheel artwork for a fundraising event benefiting Full Cycle, a nonprofit organization that employs homeless youth in Minneapolis and teaches them bike repair and business skills. Spye LLC hosted the event in October during the official opening of the Greenway Resources for Integrated Design (GRID) center, a new concept in collaborative learning and shared workspace located in Minneapolis.

As part of the Spye group of companies, Sensory Environment Design (SED), a leader in integrated design environments for commercial and residential spaces, invited a dozen artists, including 5 by 5 Design, to imagine and donate creations with a stylish spin. HED USA provided the bicycle wheel canvas. The finished artwork was auctioned at the event.

“When asked to participate, we jumped at the chance to contribute this piece for a project that combined design, bikes and community; three things that are near and dear to our hearts. We are thrilled that so much good came out of it,” said Wendy Ruyle, co-owner of 5 by 5 Design.

Gretta Fry with SED, added her praise: “Thanks to 5 by 5 Design for helping us out and contributing a piece to our silent auction for Full Cycle. As a result, the event was a big hit and raised over $1,000 for an important cause.”

In addition to SED, Spye LLC includes Spyeworks software and Spyeglass technology representation and sales. Spye specializes in integrated design, the emerging discipline of creating holistic work and living environments that completely integrate high-end technologies, interior design aesthetics and environmental practices and materials.

GRID is intended as part company headquarters and part center for members of the design and architecture communities to learn about integrated design, interact with the latest in touch-screen and environmental technologies and also host their own business and client meetings on-site. The building, a former paint factory, was designed by Toby Rapson, son of architectural legend Ralph Rapson, and incorporates the latest advances in energy-saving and environmental technologies.


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