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Let your old bike parts become part of a downtown landmark

Posted Jan 11 2009 4:36pm

This fall, the Downtown Austin Alliance chose three artists to produce sculptures to be installed on Congress Avenue that will also serve as bike racks for the community (Download the really big PDF of all the designs here.) With the possible elimination of thousands of de facto bike racks downtown in the near future, this could not come at a better time. 

“This program helps the Downtown Austin Alliance achieve its mission of promoting and preserving the value and vitality of downtown by supporting public art and alternative means of transportation,” said Nancy Burns, DAA Chair Emeritus. “We look forward to seeing the designs come to life, and building upon this program each year.”


The racks are expected to be installed by this May  at 401, 600 and 816 Congress Avenue.

Now here’s where you come in to make this happen. Artist Ben Harman is one of the winning artists and has developed a design that involves the recycling of bike parts to build his sculpture/rack. He is needing hundreds of gear cogs to make his design a reality and needs your help.

If you have any old gear cogs you would like to make available for this project, please stop by Mellow Johnny’s to drop off your donation. These aren’t going on a drive train, so they don’t need to be in great shape. Don’t throw it away. Recycle it. It’s the latest thing in industrial design.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Ben Harman.

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