Two new artistic bike racks

You can ‘leaves’ your bike here

Baker Street has sprouted some new artwork in the form of two leaf-shaped bike racks.

  • Jul. 18, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Baker Street has sprouted some new artwork in the form of two leaf-shaped bike racks, designed and created by local artist Tony Waterfall. Waterfall’s hand-forged steel racks are the first in a series of five racks to be installed this year.

Earlier this year, the city put out a call for proposals seeking artist-designed bike racks. Entries were encouraged to be as creative as possible, while meeting the need for racks that are durable, easy to install, affordable, and use sidewalk space efficiently.

“We had a great response,” said cultural development officer Joy Barrett. “The jury, composed of artists, designers, and biking experts, had some tough decisions to make, but Tony’s design stood out with it perfect balance of form and function.”

“Providing more bicycle parking is one of several strategies aimed at increasing active transportation options” said councillor Donna Macdonald. “And of course, we want to do that in a creative and beautiful way and support our local artists and artisans.”

Each rack can house two to four bikes according to Barrett.

About the artist:

Waterfall has been creating handmade, custom ironwork for homes and businesses in the Kootenays and beyond for over 20 years. He began his career in blacksmithing 25 years ago, learning the skills of this 4,000 year-old craft by working in the Mennonite community of St. Jacobs, Ontario.

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