Tulane University Professor Weston Lambert installed a bike rack he designed in Geneva, Illinois.
Officials from the local Arts Commission, said Lambert exhibits annually at SOFA Chicago, a world’s fair dedicated to “sculpture objects” of “functional art and design” and was recently commissioned by the city of Chattanooga to design glass and stone benches there.
After an unsuccessful first try to solicit bids, the commission re-advertised and received 14 proposals from artists around the country to design and build a bicycle rack that would also function as a piece of art.
A committee redacted the names, reviewed the submissions, and narrowed it to three finalists, Tim Vetang, the commission’s chairman, told the city’s committee of the whole recently.
The committee decided on a design of a rack for six bicycles that will be made of three stainless steel arches inset with glass.
The city council’s committee of the whole voted its approval of the design that same night.
The cultural arts commission was slated to pay the $6,000 price tag, but Fox Valley Orthopedic Institute offered to donate $3,000 to the project.
The remaining $3,000 from the commission was generated by fundraisers, mostly the annual Dancing with the Geneva Stars, Vetang said.
The new rack is slated to be installed in the spring just outside the Geneva History Center on Third Street, between the street and the sidewalk.
Lambert said in a letter to the city that he used the shape of bicycle tires as his inspiration.
Ald. Ron Singer asked Vetang about how the rack would withstand vandalism. Vetang said that it would not hold up against something like a sledgehammer.
Vetang said the commission would like to add additional artistic bicycle racks throughout the city.