First there were fish. Then there were frogs. And now… bike racks! The Erie Art Museum’s current community art project involves the installation of artist-designed bike racks throughout the city and surrounding areas. Community members and local artists submitted designs for the initial stages of the project, ranging from abstract forms to pieces commemorating Erie history. The project reached its original goal of installing 40 bike racks in Downtown Erie and is now expanding, to bring this versatile art form to sites throughout Erie County.
Working in tandem with our sponsors, the Museum chose the first three rack designs from 234 design submissions by 74 artists. Bike Erie and the Erie Downtown Partnership identified locations. In 2014 three artists were commissioned to design new racks, to be installed in Erie, North East, and Corry. Racks are being installed at the trailheads for the Erie County walking and hiking trails developed by Erie Yesterday and Let’s Move Outside as part of efforts to encourage biking as environmentally friendly transportation and healthy recreation.
The Artistic Bike Rack project was made possible by our sponsors: Erie Insurance, Erie Community Foundation, Perry 200 Celebration, Pedal for the Planet (Mercyhurst University), and the Erie County Convention Center Authority.
The Museum’s 2013 project partners were Erie Downtown Partnership, Bike Erie and the City of Erie.
The Museum’s 2014 project partners were Let’s Move Outside, Erie Yesterday, Bike Erie, Erie County Department of Health (with the support of a PADOH Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), City of Corry, North East Borough.
Production sponsors include: American Tinning & Galvanizing, Gene Davis Steel, Advanced Finishing USA, and Austin Concrete.