Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Calling Artists: Design Philly's New Art Bike Racks (Request for Proposals)

When you lock your bike in Philadelphia, your options probably look like this:

These racks are functional, but Philly is an artistic town and we can dream and design better.

In partnership with the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, we are issuing a call for proposals for bike racks to be installed in Center City (and possibly elsewhere in Philly). This competition is open to all artists and design professionals.
An 80' tall steampunk Oliver capable
of securing 1,200 bikes would be a bold move.
Just sayin...

Our goal is to use the same pavement twice: bring some desperately-needed bike parking to our streets, while enlivening our streetscapes with new public art.

For full competition details, including the project budget, selection process, submission procedures and design guidelines, please see the official RFP document.


  • Request for Proposals: NOW! (What can you conjure, Philly?)
  • Submission Deadline: September 4, 2013
  • Artist(s) notified: October, 2013
  • Bike racks installed: Spring/summer, 2014

This is happening thanks to a $50,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

PDF: Artist-Designed Bike Rack RFP


y eisenstein said...

Philly is not an artistic town. It's an overgrown, violent village.

Lea v.d.T. said...

You could say that about any big city, but you can't say that every big city has as many beautiful and unique murals, mosaics, graffiti, installations, and artists as Philly does. You've got to learn to appreciate things like that in such an ugly world.