“Cyclisk”, a 65-foot tall, 10,000 lb. sculpture made from discarded bicycle parts, was installed in Santa Rosa, CA last week. The piece was created by artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector as part of the Art in Public Spaces program. The project was funded through a 1% tax for public art that is levied on commercial projects that exceed $500,000 in building cost. Ironically, this particular project was funded by a Nissan dealership, and the sculpture is displayed in an area that is heavy on auto-related businesses. The following is from the artwork proposal:
“Made of recycled bicycle gears, rims, frames and hoops, [Cyclisk] will be a series of intersecting rhythms — a visual metaphor for the human experience — technology and the humanities — history and the future — individual and collective. Evoking a ‘world of possibilities,’ it will be a work communicating to all walks of life — all ages, relevant for years to come….”
“Collecting unusable parts from the debris piles of nonprofit community bike projects has proven to be a win-win; community bike DIY places are thrilled unusable parts are not becoming land fill and the City is psyched the sculpture will solidify Santa Rosa as bike-friendly.”
A dedication is planned for early October.