NORMAN — A series of bike racks designed by Oklahoma artists will be installed this week in downtown Norman as part of a multi-phase project by the Norman Public Arts Board and Fowler Volkswagen of Norman.
The racks will be installed from 9 a.m. to noon today along Main Street at the intersections of University Boulevard and Webster, Santa Fe, James Garner and Jones avenues.
The long-term goal of the Artists Designed Bike Racks Project is to increase the use of bicycles for transportation in the downtown area while also supporting the state’s evolving arts culture.
“Artist-designed bike racks are a natural fit for downtown Norman,” said Larry Walker, Norman Public Arts Board chair. “There is a great culture of biking for transportation in the downtown and Campus Corner areas, and we wanted to create something to encourage even more people to pedal around.”
Design concepts by Norman-based artists Debby Kaspari, Chris McDaniel and Adam Stewart and Oklahoma City artist Dustin Gilpin were selected from approximately 200 submissions from artists across the state.
The winning concepts were selected in March and brought to life by McPherson Machine Shop in Newcastle.
The artists will be recognized with a public reception 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council, 122 E. Main St., as part of the 2nd Friday Art Walk. Speakers will include Walker and Jonathan Fowler, Fowler Holding Co. vice president of operations. Maps will be provided for self-guided walking tours of the new bike racks.
The Public Arts Board continues to develop new community art projects and strives to expand Norman’s reputation of being an arts-supportive community. These projects are supported by donations to the Art in Public Places Fund through utility bills and the board’s fundraising efforts.