A new bicycle rack at Fannie Mae Dees Park, also known as Dragon Park was dedicated on October 2. Community members joined Mayor Karl Dean in District 18 along with the Metro Arts Commission for the event. Some of the residents in the area actually cycled to the park to attend.
Several artist-designed bicycle racks have become new additions to the city’s growing public art collection. This month ‘Artober’ has been established to recognize city art.
“Artober has been a great month for art,” said Mayor Dean as he commented on the increased art collection that is becoming more prevalent around the city of Nashville. “The microphone near the roundabout shows up in visitor’s pictures representing the city.”
The artwork displayed in the bike racks is just another way of fusing art with a reminder to exercise.
“I always tell children two things,” said Dean. “1) read everyday as this is a city of life-long learning; and 2) exercise every day.”
The bicycle rack in Dragon Park, entitled ‘Lotus’ was made from recycled bike frames that compose the colorful organic design. Michael Allison, an artist from Joelton, Tenn, designed ‘Lotus’.
During the dedication, children enjoyed the park, free popsicles, the Green Fleet ‘Bike Bus’ and prizes donated by Cumberland Transit who donated a Trek FX bike and bicycle tours.
Some of the artists from other bike rack sites were also in attendance.
There are now 14 artist-designed public art bike racks across Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County:
· ‘Air Wave’ designed by Suzy Hendrix, a Memphis artist, will be installed at the new Madison Metro Police precinct, 400 Myatt Dr. in January 2014.
· ‘City Iris’ created by Jessica Eichman, a Nashville artist, located at Hermitage Park, 3720 James Kay Lane.
· ‘Lyrical Rider’ created by Anthony Novak, Nashville sculptor, located at Coleman Park Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane.
· ‘On Air’ designed by Samantha Griffith and Jen Pellerin from Mt. Washington, Ky., located at Morgan Park, 411 Hume St.
· ‘Pedal Petroleum,’ designed by William Buffett, Nashville-based artist, located at the Donelson Train Station, 2705 Lebanon Pike.
· ‘Soundboard Sliders,’ designed by Duncan McDaniel, Nashville visual artist, located at 12 South neighborhood at 2318 12th Ave. S.
“Our gallery of bike racks are some of the most popular pieces in our public art collection and they can now be found in neighborhoods all over the city. Public art helps define us as a creative community and we will continue to seek opportunities to locate artwork where it will enhance the streetscape and add a touch of creativity to a specific neighborhood,” said Metro Arts Director, Jennifer G. Cole.