Two Artist Designed Bicycle Racks Installed In Santa Monica

Thursday, 8 May 2014, 8:08:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Artist-designed bicycle rack by Jody Zellen.
Courtesy Photo
Artist-designed bicycle rack by Jody Zellen.

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

Norman Place.

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

improvements.  

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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