This Australia-wide design competition invited creative, street-savvy designers to design a cutting edge public bike rack that can be seen as a beautiful item of street art as well as a long-lasting, easy-to-use, functional device. The brief also asked designers to consider the Parramatta, Georges and Nepean river areas where the winning rack would be installed.
The volume and variety of entries for Bike Rack as Art was impressive and the short listing process was very competitive. Congratulations to the ten finalists:
Congratulations Carl Jones and Michael Chijoff of design studio Jones Chijoff, whose design Derailled, was selected as the winner of the Bike Rack as Art competition. Jones Chijoff will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and their winning design will be manufactured and installed at selected locations in the Western Sydney River Cities of Parramatta, Liverpool and Penrith. On 18 February, the Hon. David Borger, Minister for Roads and Minister for Western Sydney unveiled the winning entry outside Parramatta Pool. Further racks will be installed opposite Penrith Train station and the forecourt of Liverpool Library.
Geo Rack by Rowen Wagner and AM/PM by Damien Butler were second and third place entries, receiving $5,000 and $2,000 respectively. Quale by Chris Smith and Toby McInnes was highly commended by the judges and received $1,000, as well as being voted the People's Choice favourite. Geo Rack, Quale and AM/PM will also be installed at various locations in Paramatta, Liverpool and Penrith.
Part of the NSW BikePlan, the Bike Rack as Art competition was launched by the Powerhouse Museum and the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW (RTA) during Sydney Design in August 2010, and invited participants to design a cutting edge public bike rack that is both a beautiful item of street art as well as a long-lasting, easy-to-use, functional device. The ten finalists also included: Eyesore - Josh Carmody, Ribbon Rack - David Hashimoto, Treebike - James Himawa Suparyo, Uturn Octo - Justin Hutchison, Type Rack - Geordie McKenzie, and On Yer Bike - Charles Wright.