Public Art Bike Rack Program



Vote for Your Favorite Bike Rack!
Bike Rack Pilot Program Photo

The Columbus Art Commission (CAC) has partnered with the Recreation and Parks Department, Department of Public Utilities and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) to install new public art bike racks at selected locations across the city. A total of nine bike racks, one per facility, will be fabricated and installed at the following locations (map link):

  • Barack Community Center, 580 E. Woodrow Ave., Columbus, OH 43207
  • Blackburn Community Center, 263 Carpenter Street, Columbus, OH 43205
  • Dodge Community Center, Park & Pool, 667 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205
  • Indian Mound Community Center, 3901 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43207
  • Milo Grogan Community Center, 862 E. Second Street, Columbus, OH 43201
  • Tuttle Community Center, Park & Pool, 240 W. Oakland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202
  • Westgate Community Center & Park, 455 S. Westgate Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
  • Whetstone Community Center/Park & Park of Roses, 3923 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214
  • Department of Public Utilities, 910 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215

The designs were solicited in a call for proposals issued last year to professional artists living or working in Columbus. The proposals were reviewed for artistic merit by an artist selection panel seated by the CAC. From this artist call, a group of nine proposals were chosen for community review and selection.

Each of the selected design proposals has undergone a preliminary engineering review for constructability, safety and budget. Once the selections have been made they will be submitted to the Columbus Art Commission for final approval. The City will bid all of selected proposals together to retain a contractor to fabricate and install the art bike racks at locations selected by Recreation and Parks. The Department of Public Utilities will select the bike rack design for their facility.

Voting Instructions:

Scroll through the design options below and you'll find the link to the survey located at the bottom of this page. One design can be selected for multiple locations: just pick the one you like. Voting will be open until 5:00pm, May 6, 2014. Please note, you may only vote once.


Bike Rack Designs


Dreaming Big 

Dreaming Big
Artist: ALTernative

Like a child, a trike always wants to be bigger. This design plays off this idea, enlarging a kid-size trike to become a bike rack. Powdered-coated metals will be used for its durability and low maintenance requirement. The structure of the enlarged trike can accommodate at least 4 bikes to park. Seating and planters are also incorporated to make it multifunctional. There is also space for signage to indicate names of different locations. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Visionary 

Visionary

Artist: ALTernative

Glasses make clearer visions. An enlarged pair of glasses inspires the community to see the future. The structure can easily accommodate 4 bikes or more and create interesting in-between spaces for people to interact with. A seemingly unrelated object to biking, the eyeglasses add to the surprise quality as an artwork. It is whimsical, playful and carries on with the pop art traditions to be accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Sunshine Parking

Sunshine Parking

Artist: Glen Holland

Steel and related crafts associated with it are important parts of the fabric of Ohio. Steel tubing reflects, and is used in bicycle frames, which were once also manufactured in great numbers in Ohio. The shapes and angles of the bike rack also reflect generally the shapes and angles of a bicycle, but also the surroundings of the bike rack: fences, fields, trees – the organic and the in organic. The colors have also been chosen to reflect and comment upon the surroundings and to suggest warnings, caution and safety. They are also designed to be easy to recognize and, even as dusk is falling. Both designs further point to the past, the present and the future of bicycling in direct, subtle and humorous ways. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Follow the Bouncing Ball

Follow the Bouncing Ball
Artist: Michael Hays

Follow the Bouncing Ball is infused with the movement inherent in an active lifestyle along with a sense of fun and whimsy. Follow the Bouncing Ball represents the path of numerous balls being scattered, bouncing and rebounding across the ground. It demonstrates how dynamic and joyful play is as parts of a healthy and gratifying lifestyle. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Loop the Loop

Loop the Loop

Artist: Michael Hays

Loop the Loop is infused with the movement inherent in an active lifestyle along with a sense of fun and whimsy. Loop the Loop embodies the swirling, playful action of a group of children leaping, twirling, and interweaving as they cavort across a field. It demonstrates how dynamic and joyful play is as parts of a healthy and gratifying lifestyle. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Lock & Key

Lock and Key Sketch

Artist: Candace Black

The proposed design is the result of conversations the artist had with avid cyclists in which she learned about their needs for safe, reliable, highly functional bicycle racks. The cyclists critiqued the traditional bike rack for only allowing them to chain their wheel to the rack, rather than being able to park the entire bike close to the rack. This design addresses this, enabling cyclists to park right next to the racks. The key and lock-- hallmarks of a cyclist's world-- are a literal representation of safety and security. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Pin

Pin

Artist: Candace Black

The proposed design is the result of conversations the artist had with avid cyclists in which she learned about their needs for safe, reliable, highly functional bicycle racks. The cyclists critiqued the traditional bike rack for only allowing them to chain their wheel to the rack, rather than being able to park the entire bike close to the rack. This design addresses this, enabling cyclists to park right next to the racks. The safety pin is reminiscent of keeping something in its rightful place-- including a competitive cyclist's race number pinned to the back of a jersey, or a skirt pinned down for modesty while biking (as cited in various women's guides to biking in dresses). For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


The Sightseer

The Sightseer

Artist: Wes Kull

Columbus is a city with an ever-growing list of sights to see, and a bike offers the perfect vantage point from which to take them in. The Sightseer bike rack recreates Columbus’ photogenic skyline with playful and iconic sculpture painted bright red for a highly-visible and distinctly memorable rack. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Bike Rack Preference Survey


Next Steps:

Once the votes are tallied, we will publish the winners. Installation on the racks will occur during late Fall 2014.

 

For comments or questions, contact:

Lori Baudro, AICP, Senior Project Coordinator
614-645-6986  lsbaudro@columbus.gov