Bicycles built for you: Wayfinding Art Bike installation in the works

Carrie Christensen paints the spokes of the mermaid bike. (Photo by Lori  Hamilton)

There’s going to be a bee bike, a yarn-bomb bike, a mermaid bike, a rainbow bike, a garden bike and more wildly decorated two-wheelers on view come mid-August when artist Carrie Christensen’s Wayfinding Art Bike project is installed throughout St. Anthony Park.

Christensen launched the project on July 18 with a public painting party at the District 12 office, 890 Cromwell Ave. The next painting party will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Hampden Park. It will be moved to the District 12 office if there is rain.

The St. Anthony Park Community Council and Irrigate Arts are collaborating with local artist Christensen to develop a project to encourage non-motorized transit in and around the neighborhood.

The decorated bikes will include distance and directional signs and will “radiate out from the Central Corridor” into the rest of the neighborhood, Christensen said.

Christensen, who has a degree in landscape architecture and works in the urban planning field, says she often uses art in her work.

She’s been busy working with the city to gain approval at the dozen sites where the bikes will be installed.

The bikes will be on display until the first snowfall, she said.

 

CORRECTION 9/12/2012: Christensen, who has a degree in landscape architecture and works in the urban planning field, says she often uses art in her work.

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