With an increase in urban cyclists, and limited public space, city officials and Universities are taking creative measures to provide bike facilities while beautifying open areas. One way this is being accomplished is by creating functional bike rack art that serves as bike parking as well as unique art installations.
Many departments and Universities are taking it one step farther and turning student projects and contests into real-life installations. Below you will find 22 of our favorite, and most creative, bike rack art pieces we found from across the web. Let us know if you have more favorites in the comments!
The University of new Hampshire College of Liberal Arts displays the “Space Elephant,” one of many student designed bike racks on campus. Photo via cola.unh.edu.
A custom bike rack art installation outside the Bikeshop Hub in Tucson, AZ, once stolen, has been returned back to it’s rightful home for cyclists to admire. Photo via tucson.com.
This gorgeous fish-inspired steampunk-esque sculpture is actually for sale on etsy.com by Voigt Metal.
A public bike rack in Tulsa displays historic Oklahoma pride in the shape of a buffalo. Photo via newson6.com.
Sonoma Valley displays creative design with one of many functional bike rack art installations. Photo via sonomasun.com.
This classic vintage bike rack was made for the city of Platteville, Wisconsin, and similar versions can be bought through the metal artist, Prairie Art Metal, on etsy.com.
The Sierra Club keeps up the green theme with their bike-shaped green bike racks. Photo via sierraclub.typepad.com.
Seattle sticks to the marine theme with a squid-shaped, waterfront bike rack. Photo via artbeat.seattle.gov.
Another one for sale on etsy from Voigt Metal, this futuristic bike sculpture doubles as a bike rack.
While the rack portion itself isn’t very unusual, we love the bookended design of this one. Available for purchase on etsy, the maker can make these as short or as long as you’d like, too.
Rock Hill, SC touts its local produce with tomato-shaped bike racks. Photo via onlyinoldtown.com.
Roanoake, VA gets creative with a functional, comb-shaped bike rack for public use. Photo via thisiscolossal.com.
Oregon dedicates beautiful leaf-shaped bike racks in remembrance of a fallen cyclist. Photo via oregonlive.com.
Nashville leads our list of most bike rack art with this installation titled “The Riders.” Photo via nashville.gov.
Nashville wouldn’t be Nashville without a call out to their musical history. Here they show off their heritage with a microphone bike rack installation. Photo via modestoview.com.
Nashville again shows us their creativity with this runner themed bike rack art installation. Photo via nashville.org.
Laguna Beach keeps it light with flowered bike racks for public use near the beach. Photo via latimes.com.
Florida’s College of Arts keeps it creative with bike racks in the shape of the word “Make” outside of student classrooms. Photo via arts.ufl.edu.
David Byrne keeps our heads talking with new creative projects like this guitar-shaped bike rack in New York City. Photo via puppiesandflowers.com.
Benroth Design shows off their work for the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY. Photo via benrothdesign.com.
Athens, GA entices riders to lock up with their “Bike” shaped bike racks outside the Classic Center downtown. Photo via onlineathens.com.
One of many submissions to a bike rack design competition put on by the Ames Community Arts Council in Ames, IA. Photo via amesart.org.