Bike Rack Art Installations

David Byrne keeps our heads talking with new creative projects like this guitar-shaped bike rack in New York City.

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!

Space Elephant Bike Rack at the University of New Hampshire
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.
Tucson bike rack art outside of bike shop
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.
This gorgeous fish-inspired steampunk-esque sculpture is actually for sale on etsy.com by Voigt Metal.
Buffalo shaped bike rack in Tulsa, OK
A public bike rack in Tulsa displays historic Oklahoma pride in the shape of a buffalo. Photo via newson6.com.
Sonoma valley bike rack art
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 on etsy.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.
Green bike shaped bike racks
The Sierra Club keeps up the green theme with their bike-shaped green bike racks. Photo via sierraclub.typepad.com.
Squid-shaped bike rack in Seattle
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.
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.
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.
Tomato shaped bike rack in Rock HIll, SC
Rock Hill, SC touts its local produce with tomato-shaped bike racks. Photo via onlyinoldtown.com.
Comb shaped bike rack
Roanoake, VA gets creative with a functional, comb-shaped bike rack for public use. Photo via thisiscolossal.com.
Leaf shaped bike racks in Oregon
Oregon dedicates beautiful leaf-shaped bike racks in remembrance of a fallen cyclist. Photo via oregonlive.com.
"The Riders" bike rack in Nashville
Nashville leads our list of most bike rack art with this installation titled “The Riders.” Photo via nashville.gov.
Microphone shaped bike rack.
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.
Runner's legs bike rack
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.
Laguna Beach keeps it light with flowered bike racks for public use near the beach. Photo via latimes.com.
"Make" shaped bike rack
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.
Guitar shaped bike rack in NYC
David Byrne keeps our heads talking with new creative projects like this guitar-shaped bike rack in New York City. Photo via puppiesandflowers.com.
Animal shaped bike racks
Benroth Design shows off their work for the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY. Photo via benrothdesign.com.
"Bike" shaped bike racks
Athens, GA entices riders to lock up with their “Bike” shaped bike racks outside the Classic Center downtown. Photo via onlineathens.com.
Red bike rack
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.

Written by Kane Jamison

Kane is the founder of Insteading. He lives on his own urban homestead with his family in West Seattle.

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