Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District (946 Penn Ave)

Bike Rack Word Balloon

Galvanized Telestrut & Powder Coated Sheet Steel
2015

I was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to create a bike rack for the Cultural District. My design consisted of a flat steel word balloon suspended above the sidewalk by two sections of perforated steel tubing. I wanted to create a functional artwork that combined preexisting elements of the city with a more playful and silly visual icon like a word balloon.  

As a regular biker, I often lock my own bike up to street signs suspended with steel tubing so it made sense to use such a common material already found in the landscape. I then elevated the word balloon off of the sidewalk to try and lessen the visual and physical clutter while also directing pedestrians attention upwards to the surrounding architecture of the city.