Humpbacks of Notre Dame
A Climate Action
Juxtaposing catastrophe and play
"Humor and climate change is not something we often see together." - Dale Dougherty, MAKE Magazine
Humpbacks of Notre Dame combines a human powered vehicle with a catastrophic vision of the future creating both the carrot and the stick. This sculpture serves as an introduction and backdrop for advocating for improved bike infrastructure. Our enthusiastic, costumed entourage will encourage spectators to take action to support CalBike, a bicycle advocacy organization.
Our guerilla street theater performers are playing the role of “intern” for this climate action. They are tasked with gently connecting with a curious public, spectators who question what we are doing and why are there whales? Interns will use playful dialogue to help people understand the connection between mitigating climate change and bicycle infrastructure, funneling them towards becoming members of CalBike, building CalBike’s email distribution list.
Street Theater Performer
Once we’ve hooked a spectator’s attention with our theme and pun on “Humpback,” we have a deeper dive to help orient them on possible climate solutions, including more human-powered play.
Extending CalBike's Reach
CalBike is California’s statewide bicycle advocacy organization, connecting transportation justice and streets designed for everyone with healthy communities and a healthy climate.