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Old 10-01-14, 01:44 PM
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Bike rack art

The Fine Art of Bike Racks
Art students are creating public sculptures on campus that serve a functional purpose, too.

New public sculptures have been popping up on campus in recent months. They are artistic creations with a utilitarian purpose—to hold bicycles.

The bike racks are the brainchild of Ken Fuld, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. While visiting Des Moines, Iowa, a few years ago, Fuld admired the sculptural bike racks he saw around the city.

“I loved them, especially the whimsical nature,” Fuld recalls. “Given UNH’s emphasis on sustainability and being a bike-friendly campus, in combination with what at the time was a dearth of public art on campus, I thought ‘wouldn’t it be great to have these kinds of sculptural bike racks all over campus?’”







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Old 10-01-14, 02:06 PM
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If one wants to see a great example of art blended with cycling, check out the bike path system in Granby, Quebec.
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Downtown El Paso, Texas has lots of very creative bike racks -
  • Big Bicycles
  • Dinosaurs
  • Large letters that spell out "ARTS DISTRICT"
  • a Crocodile (or Alligator?)
It's pretty cool, and the best thing is that cyclists seem to be on the increase in that area. It's refreshing that the City Planners are actively including cycling in the scheme of things.
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We have a lot of great bike racks in Louisville, especially Museum Row. More of these around, better. I think it would be easier to get the public/business owners onboard with 'art' on their sidewalks rather than old, ugly 50's style tube racks.
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We have some here in DC. Some are pretty neat,some not very functional.

Artistic Bike Racks Pop Up Throughout D.C.: DCist
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I like some of those bike racks, but there's definitely a fine line between artistic rack and eyesore. I guess that's in the eye of the beholder, though.
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Does it matter, artistic vs. functional?

In the four examples I posted, I'd give two a win regarding actual bike lockup functionality; the other two would get the nod regarding awareness producing/PR positive spin effect.

Use this thread to post examples of extremes and the mundane...
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Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
We have some here in DC. Some are pretty neat,some not very functional.

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I like the paper clips
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