Dean Dedicates Newest Collection Of Artist-Designed Bicycle Racks
October 22, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jennifer Cole
Bailey & Company
Cyclists’ Gallery Extends Throughout Community With Seven New Pieces Installed
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 22, 2013 – Mayor Karl Dean today dedicated seven artist-designed bicycle racks, new additions to the city’s growing public art collection, at a bicycle rodeo at Fannie Mae Dees Park, popularly known as the Dragon Park.
Dean was joined by District 18 Councilperson Burkley Allen, Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) Chair Paula Roberts, Metro Arts Executive Director Jennifer G. Cole, members of the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and dozens of residents who cycled to the park to attend the event.
Local bicycle groups including Eastside Cycles, Green Fleet Bicycle Tours and Nashville B-Cycle offered prizes to families that cycled to the event and Cumberland Transit donated a Trek FX bike to be given away to a lucky attendee. Green Fleet’s “Bike Bus” was on hand.
Entitled Lotus, the rack in the park was made from recycled bike frames that compose the colorful organic design. It was designed by Joelton, Tenn. artist Michael Allison.
“This new series of bike racks reflect the diversity of our neighborhoods and the spirit of our city with their design and locations,”Mayor Dean said. “Locating the racks in parks, at a commuter train station, a police precinct, a community center and in the vibrant Germantown neighborhood helps offer connectivity to community spaces in our city.”
With today’s dedication, there are now 14 artist-designed public art bike racks across Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County. The installed racks are:
- Air Wave, designed by Suzy Hendrix, a Memphis artist, and installed at the new Madison Metro Police precinct, 400 Myatt Dr. (opens January 2014);
- City Iris, created by Jessica Eichman, a Nashville visual artist and graphic designer, located in Hermitage Park, 3720 James Kay Lane in Hermitage;
- Lyrical Rider, created by Anthony Novak, a Nashville sculptor and restoration artisan,located at the Coleman Park Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane;
- On Air, designed by Samantha Griffith and Jen Pellerin, both from Mt. Washington, Ky., installed in Morgan Park, 411 Hume St.;
- Pedal Petroleum, designed by William Buffett, a Nashville-based artist, located at the Donelson train station, 2705 Lebanon Pike;
- Soundboard Sliders, designed by Duncan McDaniel, a Nashville visual artist, located in the12 South neighborhood at 2318 12th Avenue S.
The bicycle rack designs were chosen by a citizen selection panel under the Metro Arts’ Public Arts Committee from a total of 62submissions, according to Cole. Three additional bike rack designs are currently in fabrication and will be installed as part of neighborhood streetscape projects in midtown, Inglewood and the new Lentz Public Health Center later in 2014.
“Our gallery of bike racks are some of the most-popular pieces in our public art collection, and they can now be found in neighborhoods all over the city. Public art helps define us as a creative community, and we will continue to seek opportunities to locate artwork where it will enhance the streetscape and add a touch of creativity to a specific neighborhood,” Cole said.
The winning designs were selected on the basis of artistic merit, context,functionality, and durability.
Metro’s New Buildings Pay for Public Art
The bike racks project is part of a larger initiative designed to make public art a reality throughout the city and to enrich the lives of all Nashvillians. In 2000, a Metro ordinance was passed that earmarks one percent of the net proceeds from general obligation bonds issued for new or major renovation construction of Metro facilities, to be set aside for the creation of new public art projects.
About the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts)
The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, a commission of the Metropolitan Nashville Government, provides leadership that stimulates and advances the arts to enrich the human experience for the community. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at www.artsnashville.org.