• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Sculptural bike racks debut at Flower Show

Bike racks don't always have to be plain old U-shaped utilitarian pieces of street furniture. They can be street sculptures, opportunities to add texture or whimsy to the public environment. We shared the winners of a competition for artist-designed bike racks back in January and this week we got to see seven of the 10 winning designs in living color. They're on display in the Convention Center's Great Hall as part of this year’s Flower Show. So if you're among the throngs rejecting winter and hitting up the Flower Show (running through Sunday), be sure to a peek at these new artworks now before they hit the streets of Center City this summer.

Click through for a closer look:

    • Spiral Bike Rack, by Collin Robinson (location: PMA's Perelman Building)
      Spiral Bike Rack, by Collin Robinson (location: PMA's Perelman Building)
    • Pretzel, by Peter Brown and Barbara Sprague (location TBD)
      Pretzel, by Peter Brown and Barbara Sprague (location TBD)
    • Bike Rack, by Warren Holzman and Iron Studio (Location TBD)
      Bike Rack, by Warren Holzman and Iron Studio (Location TBD)
    • Bike Cloud, by Ralph Tullie (location: Sister Cities Park)
      Bike Cloud, by Ralph Tullie (location: Sister Cities Park)
    • Koi, by Juliet Whelan, Jibe Design Architecture (location: Cira Center)
      Koi, by Juliet Whelan, Jibe Design Architecture (location: Cira Center)
    • Philadelphia Bike Terminal, by Nathaniel Ross (location: Penn Center Plaza)
      Philadelphia Bike Terminal, by Nathaniel Ross (location: Penn Center Plaza)
    • Partly Sunny, by Carin Mincemoyer (Location TBD)
      Partly Sunny, by Carin Mincemoyer (Location TBD)
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The competition was a joint project of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and made possible thanks to a Knight Arts Challenge grant and private donors.

 

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Editor, Eyes on the Street

Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.

Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Find Ashley on twitter @ashleyjhahn.


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