Call to Artists to Design Bike Racks as Works of Art in the Golden Triangle

Release Date: Wednesday, January 27th 2010

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) has issued a new Call for Entries requesting bicycle rack designs that will be both functional and compelling artistic additions to the BID’s cosmopolitan streetscape and atmosphere. After successfully installing a creative bike rack at the Dupont Circle south Metro entrance in May 2009, the Golden Triangle seeks to bring even more creative bike racks to the streets of DC’s central business district with the help of local art and bicycling communities.

"The creative “Bike Here” rack we installed at Dupont Circle is always being used, so we are seeking to expand on that success," said Leona Agouridis, Executive Director of the Golden Triangle. "By installing more new bicycle rack designs in the neighborhood, we’re adding artistic dimension to the community in a practical way.”

Last year’s winning bike rack, designed by local architect Olivier Delacour, was selected from a pool of 65 submissions. Entitled “Bike Here,” Delacour’s design spells out the words “bike here,” which spans 13 feet, is cast in vibrant green and blue steel piping, and can accommodate more than 10 locked bikes at its location outside of the Dupont Circle south Metro entrance.

Selected designs will receive a $1,500 honorarium plus a complimentary Saturday night stay for two at The Hay-Adams, a historic hotel just steps from the White House, and situated in the Golden Triangle. The winning design will then be fabricated into one or more bicycle racks by the Golden Triangle BID and placed at location(s) within the Golden Triangle neighborhood’s 43 blocks.

The addition of these new creative bicycle racks will complement other public art projects undertaken by the BID to create unique, memorable, and attractive public space, such as art on nine historic call boxes and graphic art along an alley wall on 19th Street.

The Call for Entries, with more detailed design guidelines, is available for download here. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 4th, 2010, at 5:00pm.

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