Thursday, 05 December 2013
Art in Public Places Coordinator
Toledo, OH – The Arts Commission is seeking designs for Phase 3 of the Artist Designed Bike Racks project. This third phase of the project will place artist designed bike racks in downtown Toledo and surrounding neighborhoods. Similar to the first two phases of this initiative, we are looking for designs for bike racks that can accommodate two bicycles, one on each side of the rack (similar to traditional “U” shaped racks) and that will represent Toledo’s unique aesthetic and cultural identity. Designs are now being accepted for this project and all local artists and residents are encouraged to participate. Ten designs will be selected for the 2014 year, artists will receive a $500 stipend for each design selected. Winning designs will hit the streets in 2014.
Artist designed bike racks have appeared throughout the country and are particularly popular in areas that want to exhibit their support for the arts while encouraging bicycle traffic. In 2011, The Arts Commission sought to develop a series of these bike racks that would represent Toledo’s unique aesthetic and cultural identity. A design competition was launched and yielded over 80 submissions from more than 40 local and regional artists. The Design Review Board, which was composed of community stakeholders, bicycle enthusiasts and neighborhood representatives, selected a group of 10 bike rack designs from the submission pool that were installed in the Uptown District in May of 2012. With the success of Phase I, a second phase was launched in September of 2012 to continue the program.
Phase 2 yielded 123 designs from 58 local and regional artists. Ten designs were selected from this pool (see attached images.) The selected designs are as follows: Rotation by Brent Lohmann, Mr. 419 by Amy Fidler, Leap Frog by Jefferey Rodriguez and Dale Lehman, 2 Birds 1 Tweet by Clifton Harvey, Yarnbomb Holder 1 by Streetspun Yarnbombing, Coffee Break by Debi Heiks, Strongman the Bike Protector by Michelle Dunoski, Jumping Fish by Brien Strancar, Thumbs Up! by Brien Strancar, and Wood Grain by Mr. Taylor. Artists received a $500 honorarium per selected design.
The Warehouse District was selected as the area of focus for Phase 2 of this project. Its growing reputation as a destination for arts and entertainment coupled with a strong potential for increased bicycle traffic makes The Warehouse District a natural fit for this public art project. A diverse number of arts and culture related businesses, galleries, restaurants, retail stores and organizations are located in this district.
Additional information regarding fabrication and installation of the new racks will be made available throughout the winter. Stay tuned at www.TheArtsCommission.org.
This project is funded by the City of Toledo's 1% for Art Program. The 1% for Art Program is administered by the Arts Commission through its Art in Public Places Committee.
For more information, contact The Arts Commission:
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The Arts Commission is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio, founded in 1959, administering the City of Toledo’s 1% for Art Program since 1977. The Arts Commission is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council.
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