IPAR Seeking Entries for Bike Racks That Are Works of Art

by Karen Goff May 2, 2016 at 2:45 pm 5 Comments

Bike rack on M St. NW in DC/Credit: Golden TriangleA bike rack can be a work of art.

That’s the message the Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) is hoping to convey. IPAR is holding a call for artists through the end of May to design artistic bike racks for several Reston locations.

Says IPAR: “Winning bike rack designs will be both imaginative and functional, enhancing the community’s public art collection. The organizations (IPAR and Reston Association Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee) seek to develop a series of site-specific bike racks that will represent Reston’s unique aesthetic, natural, and cultural identities. The goals of the project are to provide safe bike parking for cyclists throughout Reston and to weave art into the fabric of Reston’s infrastructure.”

Bike rack on L St. NW in DC/Credit: Golden TriangleFive designs will be selected, and the design should reflect the surrounding site. IPAR plans installations at Walker Nature Education Center, the Lake House, the Pony Barn, and Hunters Woods Village Center.

Artists must be from the Maryland-DC-Virginia-West Virginia area. Selected artists will receive $1,000. Winning designs will be selected by a committee and ultimately approved by IPAR.

Winning entries will be chosen in June. Installation of the racks is expected by August.

See much more information and design specifics on this Call for Entries.

Photos: Artistic bike racks in downtown DC/Credit: Golden Triangle BID

  • Chuck Morningwood

    So, IPAR puts up these fancy racks. Who’s going to pay to maintain them? Better to go with simple, sturdy functional racks than high maintenance “works of functional art”.

    • Quint

      The businesses and residents that move in because they’re attracted to pretty things will pay for them with a small fraction of the taxes they pay. At least that’s the idea.

      Will it work? Nobody knows. But I bet you’re going to pretend you do know!

      • Greg

        Has it worked that way at Tall Oaks or Lake Anne? Or at the Fellowship House?

        • Quint

          I don’t know, but these installations exist in downtown DC and the office real estate market there is booming off the charts.

          Don’t tell me that Reston Town Center and its environs are a fundamentally different animal and that it won’t apply there. I agree on the former but we can’t possibly know the latter without trying.

          • Greg

            Well, there is art, not sure how much of it is public, at RTC, and the place is not suffering for lack if business.

            Nonetheless, in a county constantly crying poverty and forever raising taxes (but still educating our kids in ramshackle trailers without restrooms), public art should be privately funded and cut from the county budgets.


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