Monday, January 13, 2014

Presenting the Winning Designs for Our Artist-Designed Bike Rack Contest

This past summer we put out a call for artists to design bike racks for significant public places around Philadelphia. We held a contest, partnering with the City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy and made possible by a $50,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

This last week we finally were able to share the winning designs. Some of these racks are site-specific, designed to reflect the specific spots at which they will be placed. Others are more flexible. They are designed to hold either 2 or 4 bikes, and can be grouped together depending on space and financial restrictions.
These racks still need to be fabricated and installed, but we are hoping they will begin to appear around the city this spring or summer.

Faithful dogs posting vigilant watch over your bike.
Click on the images for bigger versions. You can see the rest of the winning designs below, or check them out in this gallery. Are you a business or property owner and interested in getting one of these racks installed? Contact Margot Berg at the City for more information:


State of Art said...

Absolutely loving some of these designs! Great work.

Unknown said...

Clever stuff, but the sharp points on several of the designs, especially the birds and the blades of grass, would seem to be an obvious potential hazard to riders and pedestrians.