What a great idea for utilitarian public art! Bike racks designed by artists. Read more about how this project was implemented in NYC here.
The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is commissioning designs for bicycle racks that can double as public art throughout the 42 blocks of the area.
The designs are supposed to be both functional and artistically compelling, according to the BID. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 9.
Selected designers will receive $1,500 and a Saturday night stay for two at the Mayflower Hotel.
The BID has made a number of recent efforts to improve the area’s streetscape, such as commissioning public art for the Farragut North Metro Station and a tree-lined median for Connecticut Avenue now in development.
Friday, January 2
7 – 10 pm
@ Dissident Display
416 H Street, NE
Friday, January 2
5 to 8 pm
Saturday, January 10 2009
@ Washington Printmakers Gallery
1732 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Art plays a pivotal role in creating cultural momentum. The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery celebrates that role and shines a spotlight on artists who use their voices to amplify and motivate the grassroots movement that carried President-Elect Barack Obama to victory.
MANIFEST HOPE: DC gathers together a diverse array of the nation’s most talented visual artists under one roof to mark this monumental achievement in our nation’s history and encourages artists and activists to maintain the momentum to bring about true change in the United States.
Along with its partners, MoveOn.org Political Action, the Service Employees International Union and Obey Giant, MANIFEST HOPE: DC, will issue an inspiring visual call-to-action, encouraging a redirection of public energy toward true reform in three key areas:
The Green Economy
The MANIFEST HOPE: DC Gallery will be open to the public in Washington, DC for the days preceding the Presidential Inauguration, Saturday, January 17th, 2009 through Monday, January 19th, 2009 between the hours of 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Go here for more info.
An interesting piece about the Rubell Collection by Jonathan T.D. Neil for Art Review. He notes a unique problem when private collections earn an “institutional identity” but are still closely aligned with the collectors themselves. Neil wonders if we criticize the exhibition, which consists entirely of works owned by the Rubells, then are we also criticizing the Rubells in the same way that we might criticize someone’s home decor.
Thanks Art Fag for highlighting this article.
Marc Gonzales skateboarding in a museum in Germany. Museums aren’t boring!