Four Local Artists Selected to Design Concepts for City Bike Racks

by R.J. Price
Community Spotlight R.J. Price January 3, 2018

On Dec. 28, four local artists were selected to design bike rack concepts, with a pair of $4,000 awards at stake.

At the beginning of December, Downtown Phoenix Inc., in partnership with Artlink, the City of Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department, and the Office of Arts and Culture, invited artists and designers to participate in Pedal to the Metal: Phoenix Bike Rack Project.

A public call to artists resulted in dozens of portfolios submitted for consideration, which were reviewed by a panel of judges. From that process, the following four artists were selected to move on to the project’s design phase:

Elijah Bourque, Tempe
Chris Miller, Phoenix
Jennyfer Stratman, Phoenix
Allen Wang, Tempe

Working with a fabrication expert, the four finalists will submit their final bike rack designs by Jan. 19. Each of the four artists will receive $250 for their concepts. Once the two winners are chosen, those two designs will graduate to the fabrication phase and approximately 50 new bike racks will be produced and installed in Downtown Phoenix and throughout the city.

Finalists’ designs will be on display during Art Detour 30, which takes place March 15-20, 2018.