November 28, 2012

Norman Public Arts Board Seeks Proposals for Bike Rack Project

The Norman Public Arts Board is seeking designs for Phase 1 of the Artist Designed Bike Racks Project. This first phase of the project will place artist designed bike racks in historic downtown Norman's arts district.

The bike racks should accommodate a minimum of two bicycles, one on each side of the rack - similar to traditional U-shaped racks - but also represent Norman's unique aesthetic and cultural identity. The project is made possible through support from Fowler Volkswagen of Norman.

A design review board composed of local arts advocates, bicycle advocates and other community stakeholders will work with the Public Arts Board and be responsible for selecting the winning designs.

Artists need no fabrication skills to enter the competition; The Public Arts Board will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of winning bike rack designs.

The competition is open to all Oklahoma artists.

The submission deadline is Thursday, December 20. Winners will be notified on Monday, January 21, and the winning proposals will be installed in May 2013.

Applications and the design worksheet is available for download at or for pickup at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman.

The Public Arts Board continues to develop new community art projects and strives to expand Norman's reputation of being an arts supportive community. These projects are supported by donations to the Art in Public Places Fund through utility bills and fund raising efforts by the board.

For more information, please contact Norman Arts Council by email at or by phone at 405.360.1162.