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Published November 8th 2014
Sculpturing talking points for artists and cyclists
Sports and the Arts don't usually mix together well, so when I saw the Adelaide City Council's new public art project - the Adelaide City Bike Art Trail - there was a degree of scepticism kick in.

Bike Art Trail
Bike Art Trail - Steve Hudson

Bike Art Trail
Onion Rings : Greg Healey and Gregg Mitchell, Groundplay - Steve Hudson

But lo and behold, after taking a tour of each of the eleven locations throughout the Central Business District and North Adelaide, my scepticism faded as I saw how these apparently two opposites could work together.

Bike Art Trail
Park Here : Deb Jones and Christine Chowlea - Steve Hudson

Bike Art Trail
Perspective : Deb Jones and Christine Cholewa - Steve Hudson

For those unaware, and I am not sure how you could miss some of these pieces including the large fork on Melbourne Street, the Bike Art Trail comprises eleven large scale sculptural works which either sit alongside or incorporate a public bike rack. The works have been crafted in such a manner so as to symbolise meaning within their location, for example the Fork in Melbourne Street is a reflection of the eateries along the street, while the coat hangers in Rundle Street pays homage to Joff and Razak of Miss Gladys Sym Choon, recognised pioneers of fashion and of Rundle Street Culture.

Bike Art Trail
Fashionistas : Greg Healey & Gregg Mitchell, Groundplay - Steve Hudson

Bike Art Trail
Branchrack : Deb Jones and Christine Cholewa - Steve Hudson

I remain unsure as to whether the thought behind the Bike Art Trail concept is that cyclists may head from site to site in one afternoon observing the different pieces of work, or perhaps whether they may use the different bike racks on different days as part of their travels to the City and North Adelaide. My observations are that the artworks are rarely used as bike racks, but more often as decoration or talking points.

Bike Art Trail
Camouflage : Karl Meyer, Exhibition Studios - Steve Hudson

Bike Art Trail
Fork! : Karl Meyer, Exhibition Studios - Steve Hudson

Nevertheless, the artworks around the City are certainly talking points. The Onion Rings outside the Central Markets, the Fork in Melbourne Street or the Camouflaged looking donuts outside of the Adelaide Zoo certainly create lots of conversation. My personal favourite is the Parking Pole in Hindley Street, a bronzed relic of a piece that stands tall amongst the local streetscape and reflects the first ever bike park installed by the City of Adelaide many years ago, albeit inadvertently.

Bike Art Trail
Mrs Robinson : Tanya Court - Steve Hudson

Bike Art Trail
Motion : Karl Meyer, Exhibition Studios - Steve Hudson

The artworks have been commissioned by Adelaide City Council, with assistance from the Government of South Australia, through Arts SA. Seven artists were commissioned to prepare the eleven pieces of work. For further details refer to the City of Adelaide website.

Bike Art Trail
Paper Bag : Michelle Nikou - Steve Hudson

Bike Art Trail
Parking Pole : Michelle Nikou - Steve Hudson

A little known fact : There are now over 550 bike parks / rails throughout the CBD and North Adelaide.
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Why? Bike parks come in many shapes and sizes
When: All the time
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I like the Branchrack and Fork.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2833 days ago
I'm in town this afternoon.. might need to check this out considering the TDU is in town this week
by Sharon (score: 1|50) 2762 days ago
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