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David Byrne’s Playful Alphabet Bike Racks Spell More Bike Room at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Posted By Lori Zimmer On August 22, 2012 @ 11:20 am In Art NYC,Brooklyn,Transportation | No Comments

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David Byrne [4]’s guitar and high-heel shaped bike racks [5] have been a big hit around New York, and now the famed musician/artist/cyclist has designed a playful alphabet-shaped version for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Talking Heads singer installed his set of wordy bike racks [6] in front of the popular venue, and they can be rearranged with endless possibilities (they currently say “pink crown”). The racks were designed to support the DOT’s bike lane expansion.


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Byrne, a famed jack of all trades, is also a cycling enthusiast [8], advocating cyclist’s rights in New York City over the last few years. After being invited to design another set of bike racks, the artist wanted to this time create something that was modular and changeable, meshing more of his artistic concept with the function of holding more bikes. This was how he came up with the alphabet shapes, as the curves and angles of letters would allow a large number of bikes to be locked to one rack. Installers could also have fun with the letters, switching them up to different configurations to spell different words.

Byrne also feels passionately about the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has noticed that the racks outside are usually at capacity. In a partnership with Dero Bike Racks [9], the new David Byrne Bike Rack alphabet will service dozens more BAM patrons who choose green transportation [10] to get to the venue’s innovative shows.

Via Gothamist [11]


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[4] David Byrne: http://davidbyrne.com/

[5] bike racks: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/bronx-artist-chris-marche-building-leaning-tower-of-bikes-out-of-old-two-wheelers/

[6] bike racks: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/eight-new-bike-lanes-are-coming-to-midtown/

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[8] cycling enthusiast: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/brooklyn-residents-call-for-a-car-free-prospect-park/

[9] Dero Bike Racks: http://www.dero.com/

[10] green transportation: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/finalists-chosen-for-manhattan-bike-share-program/

[11] Gothamist: http://gothamist.com/2012/08/21/david_byrne_unveils_artsy_new_bike.php#photo-2

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