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December 31, 2013

Winners announced for city art projects

NORMAN — The Norman Public Arts Board recently announced the winners of the latest phases of the Artist Designed Bicycle Racks and Park Sculpture Projects.

Bike rack designs by M. Lavina McKinzey, Laura Fortner, Christina Giacona and Patrick Conlon, David Littlejohn and Michael J. Wilson will be fabricated locally by McPherson Machine Shop. They are scheduled to be installed in spring 2014.

The long-term goal of the Artist Designed Bike Racks Project is to increase the use of bicycles for transportation in the downtown area, also while supporting the state’s evolving arts culture. The project is made possible through support from Fowler Volkswagen of Norman.

“Artist-designed bike racks are a natural fit for Norman,” said Larry Walker, chair of the Norman Public Arts Board. “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.”

A design review board composed of local arts advocates, bicycle advocates and other community stakeholders worked with the Public Arts Board and were responsible for selecting the winning bike rack designs.

The Public Arts Board also selected the latest fiberglass duck sculptures to be installed in Norman parks. This phase asked artists to design sculptures with a patriotic theme, and all three selected sculptures will be placed in Reaves Park (at Jenkins Avenue between Timberdell Road and Constitution Street).

The goal of this project is to create and install sculptures that encourage creativity. The completed sculptures will be installed and dedicated in spring 2014.

Evan Davenport, Jae Won Jung and Aimee Rook submitted the winning sculpture designs.

These projects are supported by donations to the Art in Public Places Fund through utility bills and the board’s fundraising efforts.

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