Bike Rack Design Finalists

Dreaming Big

Dreaming Big

Artist: ALTernative

Like a child, a trike always wants to be bigger. This design plays off this idea, enlarging a kid-size trike to become a bike rack. Powdered-coated metals will be used for its durability and low maintenance requirement. The structure of the enlarged trike can accommodate at least 4 bikes to park. Seating and planters are also incorporated to make it multifunctional. There is also space for signage to indicate names of different locations. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Visionary 

 Visionary

Artist: ALTernative

Glasses make clearer visions. An enlarged pair of glasses inspires the community to see the future. The structure can easily accommodate 4 bikes or more and create interesting in-between spaces for people to interact with. A seemingly unrelated object to biking, the eyeglasses add to the surprise quality as an artwork. It is whimsical, playful and carries on with the pop art traditions to be accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Sunshine Parking

 Sunshine Parking

Artist: Glen Holland

Steel and related crafts associated with it are important parts of the fabric of Ohio. Steel tubing reflects, and is used in bicycle frames, which were once also manufactured in great numbers in Ohio. The shapes and angles of the bike rack also reflect generally the shapes and angles of a bicycle, but also the surroundings of the bike rack: fences, fields, trees – the organic and the in organic. The colors have also been chosen to reflect and comment upon the surroundings and to suggest warnings, caution and safety. They are also designed to be easy to recognize and, even as dusk is falling. Both designs further point to the past, the present and the future of bicycling in direct, subtle and humorous ways. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Follow the Bouncing Ball

 Follow the Bouncing Ball
Artist: Michael Hays

Follow the Bouncing Ball is infused with the movement inherent in an active lifestyle along with a sense of fun and whimsy. Follow the Bouncing Ball represents the path of numerous balls being scattered, bouncing and rebounding across the ground. It demonstrates how dynamic and joyful play is as parts of a healthy and gratifying lifestyle. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Loop the Loop

 Loop the Loop

Artist: Michael Hays

Loop the Loop is infused with the movement inherent in an active lifestyle along with a sense of fun and whimsy. Loop the Loop embodies the swirling, playful action of a group of children leaping, twirling, and interweaving as they cavort across a field. It demonstrates how dynamic and joyful play is as parts of a healthy and gratifying lifestyle. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info


Lock & Key

 Lock and Key Sketch

Artist: Candace Black

The proposed design is the result of conversations the artist had with avid cyclists in which she learned about their needs for safe, reliable, highly functional bicycle racks. The cyclists critiqued the traditional bike rack for only allowing them to chain their wheel to the rack, rather than being able to park the entire bike close to the rack. This design addresses this, enabling cyclists to park right next to the racks. The key and lock-- hallmarks of a cyclist's world-- are a literal representation of safety and security. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


Pin

 Pin

Artist: Candace Black

The proposed design is the result of conversations the artist had with avid cyclists in which she learned about their needs for safe, reliable, highly functional bicycle racks. The cyclists critiqued the traditional bike rack for only allowing them to chain their wheel to the rack, rather than being able to park the entire bike close to the rack. This design addresses this, enabling cyclists to park right next to the racks. The safety pin is reminiscent of keeping something in its rightful place-- including a competitive cyclist's race number pinned to the back of a jersey, or a skirt pinned down for modesty while biking (as cited in various women's guides to biking in dresses). For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.


The Sightseer

 The Sightseer

Artist: Wes Kull

Columbus is a city with an ever-growing list of sights to see, and a bike offers the perfect vantage point from which to take them in. The Sightseer bike rack recreates Columbus’ photogenic skyline with playful and iconic sculpture painted bright red for a highly-visible and distinctly memorable rack. For additional design information and background on the artist: More Info.