Artistic Bike Racks for Erie

Erie, PA, April 06, 2012 --( Creativity was flowing freely in Erie during the past several weeks. A total of 74 individuals submitted 234 different designs to the competition for artistic bike racks to be installed in the downtown area.

A committee comprised of members of the Erie Downtown Partnership Design Committee, biking activists, and representatives of partnering organizations, including the City of Erie, Gannon University, and Erie Art Museum, met at the Art Museum on April 3 and reviewed the bike rack design submissions.

The committee narrowed the selection down to seven finalists:

Wave by Elizabeth Butterfield
Erie Wave by Michael Cady
Gears by Baron T. Denniston Jr
Untitled 15 by Greg Gehner
Sprinter by Jeff Lander
Stylized Anchor by Gerard Pawlowski
Fish Bike Rack by Jason Wheeler

Not all these designs will necessarily be produced. Considerations such as ease and cost of fabrication and availability of appropriate sites will come into play during the process of developing the final set of designs to be produced.

The committee also designated seven other designs for possible consideration, if, for example, several of the finalist designs cannot be produced, or if additional resources become available:

Broken Heart by Baron T. Denniston Jr.
Latitude and Longitude by MC Gensheimer
GU for Gannon by MC Gensheimer
Names of Landmarks by Nicholas Mobilia
2 Bike Rack by Dan Wallace
Keystone State by Ben Willis
Bench by Mallory Zappa

Artistic Bike Racks is a project of the Erie Art Museum, in collaboration with Erie Downtown Partnership, Gannon University, the City of Erie, the YMCA, and other organizations and businesses situated in the downtown area. Youthful bike enthusiasts at Mercyhurst University who come together to organize the fund-raising duathlon, Pedal for the Planet, have raised funds in support of the project, and Fortis Institute has stepped up to provide technical and fabrication services. Additional funding for the project comes from Erie Community Foundation, Erie Downtown Partnership, Erie Art Museum, Gannon University, Perry 200 Celebration, and other sponsors to be announced.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings and a modern, ‘Green,’ 10,500 square foot expansion. The newly expanded Museum marks the first LEED-certified building in the region, soon to be complete with a planted rooftop.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well as traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 25-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum, café, and gift shop is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at or call 814-459-5477.
Erie Art Museum
Carolyn Eller