9 Racks That Rock By David Byrne
New Yorkers have something to look forward to when they return from summer vacation next week. New bike racks! And nine of them are the designs of Talking Heads founder, pop rocker, lyricist, visual artist, furniture designer - well, modern Renaissance man -- David Byrne!
The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) asked Mr. Byrne, an avid bicyclist, to help judge a contest it was holding for new bike rack designs. Mr. Byrne accepted the judging assignment, but couldn't resist sketching out some of his own designs. Following are two of the nine sketches:
When Byrne shared his drawings with the DOT, his response was that if he could get them made, the DOT would use them.
"Holy Moses!" David Byrne writes in his blog. "I was over the moon — what happened to the legendary red tape and years of bureaucratic haggling I was supposed to go through?"
David Byrne, it is witnessed by his voluminous achievements in 58 years, makes things happen. He accomplished the resulting nine bike racks by working with the PaceWildenstein Gallery to produce the sculptures, with the commitment that Pace could sell them after a year on display in their respective sites.
From lower Manhatten to Riverside Park, the NYC DOT erected the sculpted bike racks in Byrne's designated sites!
1. The Wall Street Bike Rack
Wall Street between Pearl and River Streets
2. The Hipster Bike Rack
Bedford and North 6th Street (Brooklyn)
3. The Villager Bike Rack
LaGuardia Place between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets
4. The Chelsea Bike Rack
25th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues in front of PaceWildenstein Gallery
5. The Jersey Bike Rack
NW corner of 9th Ave and 39th Street, just before the Lincoln Tunnel
6. The Olde Times Square Bike Rack
SW corner 44th Street & 7th Avenue
7. The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) Bike Rack
53rd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues
8. The Ladies' Mile
5th Avenue between 57th & 58th Streets, in front of Bergdorf Goodman
9. The Coffee Cup Bike Rack
Amsterdam Avenue between 110th and 111th Street, in front of The Hungarian Pastry Shop
With the exception maybe of the New Jersey bike rack, all of Byrne's bike racks are stationed outside landmark NYC sites, so tourists during the next year can make opportunities to see, or hook their bikes up to, the David Byrne sculptural bike racks.
For music fans of David Byrne, he and Brian Eno just released their first album in 30 years. It's titled Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, and is available exclusively here. But, if you would like to listen to the album, you can find it here (hit "Show Playlist").