Last summer the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy put out a call for artists to design new bike racks. Now, the racks are almost ready for their debut.
The racks are an effort to combine form and function increasing bicycle parking as well as adding to Philadelphia’s already rich display of public art.
The new designs will debut at a sculpture garden display at the PHS Flower Show, happening March 19 at the PA Convention Center. This is the first opportunity for the public to view the new bicycle racks, which were designed by artists from Philadelphia and across the country.
The city received 150 designs, and 10 were selected to be produced and installed throughout the city. According to the Bicycle Coalition, The new racks will be installed this spring or summer at or around City Hall, the Parkway’s Sister Cities Plaza and Caf? Cret, Boathouse Row, Penn Center Plaza and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, among others.
The project was made possible by a $50,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Additional support for the contest and installation is being provided by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.
Images provided by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, read the original announcement of the winners here