civic were appointed to deliver a widespread programme of community led public art workshops in schools, community centres and youth clubs – engaging with over 400 residents on the briefi ng and development of a set of 4 artwork proposals. A steering goup of Council officers and residents chose to develop a sculptural bike park in a prominent location in the city (on Glasgow Road and adjacent to the Leisure Pool). This was installed in the summer of 2011.
The artwork comprises a series of stainless steel seat posts and wheels (bike racks) that are installed to resemble the ‘echelon’ at the head of a group of moving bicycles. Some of the wheels are angled out of the ground to mimic over-taking cycles, whilst some of them remain balanced in the vertical plane. A set of oversized seats (modelled on an oversized traditional leather bicycle saddle) provide places to sit and wait for friends – one of the many ideas contributed by local school children that were involved in the design stages of the project.