Tuesday, August 06, 2013

One Month Left To Design Philly's Next Bike Rack

Calling designers, artists, and makers! There is one month left to submit designs for Philadelphia's next art bike rack!

In partnership with the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, we are issuing a call for proposals for bike racks to be installed around Philadelphia. This competition is open to all artists and design professionals. The deadline for submission in September 4th.

Let your imagination run wild (within the confines of the specs of the RFP). Other cities have bike racks that reflect something essential about that neighborhood or city - now it's time for Philly to do the same.
A Nashville art bike rack (image: Nashville Public Radio

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. This contest is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

Artists are responsible for identifying the fabricator for the rack (but if your design is chosen, there is a budget to pay for the fabrication and installation). For full competition details, including the project budget, selection process, submission procedures and design guidelines, please see the official RFP document. Questions can be directed to Margot Berg at margot.berg@phila.gov.


Andrew J. Besold said...

Not a great example of an "art" rack. The spiral design is a pain to park a bike too and is in fact, not compliant with APBP bicycle parking guidelines. It does look really cool but there is this odd lack of bicycles actually parked on it!