If you have seen the bright green “trees” on the corner of Ocean Park
Boulevard and 2nd Street and wondered what they are, they are one of
two sets of new artist-designed bicycle racks that have been installed
as a part of the public art element of the Ocean Park Boulevard
“Complete Greenstreet” Project.
The bright green “tree” bicycle racks were designed by renowned Santa
Monica artist Jody Zellen (www.jodyzellen.com) and are installed on the
southeast corner of Ocean Park and 2nd Street.
The second set of bike racks – the periwinkle blue, circular racks,
in which some see an abstracted form of a bicycle – were designed by the
team of Los Angeles-based artist Kori Newkirk, whose work has been
widely exhibited including the Whitney Biennale, and Architect Roger
Sherman, Roger Sherman Architecture & Urban Design (www.rsaud.com).
They are installed adjacent to the Ocean Park Branch Library on 2nd
Street at the southwest corner of Ocean Park Blvd. and on Main Street at
Both sets of bike racks will serve the western end of Ocean Park
Blvd. and the Ocean Park Branch Library – busy with the Sunday Farmer’s
Market and patrons biking to the library and businesses nearby.
In keeping with the aim of the “Complete Green Street” project to
enhance the pedestrian and bike experience along Ocean Park Boulevard,
artist designed bicycle racks were incorporated into the project
These two are part of a group of designs developed through a Request
for Proposals process, with three additional options available to be
fabricated and installed for future city projects.
This is the first such venture by the City’s Cultural Affairs
Division to work with artists to create functional and
aesthetically-thoughtful street furniture for the community and visitors
alike to use and enjoy.
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