Bike Racks as Public Art

Photo © Michael Hayman

According to a recent article in USA Today, a growing number of U.S. cities are designing bike racks that also function as public art pieces. This summer’s bike rack design competition in NYC drew quite a bit of attention due to David Byrne’s involvement, but it appears similar projects are taking place all over the country.

Cyclists can chain their bikes to a dollar sign on New York City’s Wall Street, a pair of giant toothbrushes in Portland, Ore., and sea creatures in Louisville and Mount Clemens, Mich. Bicycle racks that combine the utility of security with the aesthetics of art are popping up across the USA.

USA Today

8 Responses to “Bike Racks as Public Art”

  • Duncan Watson says:

    Pretty cool as long as we know they are bike racks :). I think it is a cool idea.

  • andy parmentier says:

    ‘ZATHURA” (a movie that reminds me how glad that me AND my bike are gravitionally “locked” to planet earth bike rack)

  • andy parmentier says:

    ..gravitationally that is

  • LJ says:

    What is the difference between a bike rack that looks like public art and simply chaining up to a piece of public art?

  • c1rootz says:

    Yea, how will we know the difference between a rack and actual art that we can get our locks cut for chaining to. At least the ones they put up here in Manhattan are still pretty obviously racks. Has anyone addressed this potentially costly issue?

  • Croupier says:

    If there was not a bike attached to the “rack” pictured I would not know it was supposed to be a bike rack. Also, it appears to be alone in the middle of some sort of public square which is a weird place for a bike rack. The dollar signs on Wall Street are pretty obviously bike racks because of their height and placement.

  • LJ says:

    I designed a minimalist art piece. It’s kind of an inverted U that represents our attachment to the earth while reaching for the sky… can I get $2,000 for each time it’s used?

  • Adrienne says:

    I have always thought that public art is touchable. If you build it on a sidewalk, then it is open to interpretation how to use it. Including, locking a bike to it. If it isn’t for locking a bike to, or kids to climb on, or 300lb drunk morons to tilt at, then put it in a museum.

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