City of Tacoma seeks artists to design bike racks for Prairie Line Trail

Artists and/or artist teams from Pierce County are invited to submit concepts for the creation of three original bicycle racks for Zeitbike 2011. Zeitbike is part of a month-long celebration of the bicycle held in May. “We’re looking for artists who can turn something that is traditionally bland and predictable into a really distinctive, creative public art piece,” says Diane Wiatr, City of Tacoma Mobility Coordinator/Urban Planner. Concepts should be for bike racks that are unique and innovative artworks, yet fully functional and made from durable materials suitable for public use, enhancing both the function and aesthetics of the streetscape. The winning bike racks will be exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum in May and then installed permanently along the Prairie Line Trail, which runs along the historic Burlington Northern-Santa Fe rail corridor through the Brewery District, the University of Washington-Tacoma campus, past the Tacoma Art Museum and down to the Thea Foss Waterway. The selected concept will receive a $5,000 commission, all-inclusive. Proposals are due Feb. 3, 2011. For more information on how to apply, visit .