Cultural Trust’s Call For Artists for the Bike Rack Project

Published On October 2, 2014 | By Kaitlyn Davidson | The Arts
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Artist: Colin David Carrier

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust strives to always promote beautiful and innovative aesthetics and design as a part of their ongoing development of the Cultural District. They recognize that the way our environment looks and feels, bike racks included, greatly contributes to how we view and shape the world around us. They follow through on their mission by creating intriguing spaces Downtown. These projects display art that is not only inventive, but functional.

The recent installation of five artist-designed bike racks marks the completion of the first phase of the new public art initiative to create art Downtown for commuters to see and use on an everyday basis. Joining the Cultural Trust on this endeavor is Bike Pittsburgh, and Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh, Stephen Patchan; along with the generous support of the Colcom Foundation.

The 5 artist-designed bike racks currently on display are:

Across from the Benedum Center – Carin Mincemoyer
Outside of SPACE Gallery on Liberty Ave. – Colin Carrier
In front of Nine On Nine restaurant on Penn Ave. – Toby Fraley
The Westin Convention Center on Penn Ave. – Will Schlough
Near the parking garage on Liberty and 9th – Connor McNabb

Artist: Toby FraleyYou can check out all of the bike racks here.

Now the Cultural Trust is holding a call for artists for their next round of bike rack installations. The winning pieces are expected to be displayed by late 2015 along Penn Avenue from 11th St. to Stanwix St. Any local artists interested in submitting a design to the Cultural Trust can visit the press room here and get more details about the project. The racks must be constructed out of galvanized steel and have the ability to lock at least two bikes. Each artist is also given a $3,000 budget to create a unique bike rack for the city, so don’t miss out on your chance – applications must be submitted by November 20, 2014 to be considered!

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