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2015 Birthday Road Trip Photos, Part 4 of 4: the Art of Bike-Racking

Bike Rack Pig!

“Bike rack pig, bike rack pig! Did whatever a bike rack did! Holds a bike while you walk! Stymies thieves, bring a lock! Hey, there! Chain to the bike rack pig!”

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

For the last few years, my wife and I have spent our respective birthdays together finding some new place or attraction to visit as a one-day road trip — partly as an excuse to spend time together on this most wondrous day, partly to explore areas of Indiana we’ve never experienced before. My 2015 birthday destination of choice: the city of Fort Wayne, some 100+ miles northeast of here. It’s home to several manufacturing concerns, one major insurance company, a selection of buildings with historical importance to the locals, and a small comic book convention I’d never heard of before this year. We checked out the area, we found ways to enjoy ourselves, we got some much-needed exercise, and we took photos.

Part Two was our visit to the fourth annual Appleseed Comic Con; Part Three was a tour of Fort Wayne’s History Center. In this, the finale: art for bikes’ sake.

In 2014 local college IPFW (Indiana University/Purdue University at Fort Wayne) celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with a special project called “Sculpture with Purpose”. Students and companies created fifty different sculptures that double as bike racks and stationed them all around the city. My wife and I saw several during our stroll around downtown, along with a few other creative works that enrich the landscape and anticipate a bright future filled with artistic expression and lower carbon-impact commuting.

Like “Piggy” in the lead photo, the next seven sculptures are also officially bike racks that just so happen to look like anything better than boring old contiguous rectangles.

(As always, click the photos for enlarging and resolution and such.)

Picture Yourself!

“Picture Yourself” is a pretend-driving photo opportunity prop for small children and people young enough to bend down this low without injuring themselves.

Zodiac Rack!

This Zodiac rack is called “Art Deco”. It’s a great spot for hanging out, waiting for cute people to walk by, and asking them to point to their sign.

Heart and Soul!

“Heart and Soul” jams across the street from the Fort Wayne Art Museum.

Question Rack!

Check out “Curiosity” while you can before it’s stolen when the Riddler comes to town.

The Dancer!

“The Dancer” shines in front of the southwest entrance to the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

Family!

“Family” is the only bike rack sculpture whose name I correctly guessed.

Penny-farthing rack!

“Back in Time” is the ideal rack for securing your penny-farthing while you’re in town.

Penny-farthing!

For comparison of art vs. reality, here’s a real penny-farthing from Fort Wayne’s History Center. Display purposes only; no penny-farthing rentals available at this time.

Rack Bike!

This bike rack shaped like a bike lets you fasten your bike to a bike.

Ribbon of Community!

I don’t think “Ribbon of Community” is part of the IPFW “Sculpture with Purpose” project, but after seeing so many artful racks in a row, it was hard to tell where racks stopped and art began. (For the record, this is only one section of “Ribbon of Community”, which comprised several figures stretching a good 40-50 feet or so.)

Art lovers may be inclined to check out the Fort Wayne Art Museum, which was on our short list but will have to wait for another visit. A pair of large sculptures mark the territory out front and on the side.

Art Museum!

STATION!

“Station” is probably not a tribute to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.

For fans of classic sculpting techniques, this bronze statue of the eponymous General Anthony Wayne stands guard astride his trusty steed in Fort Wayne’s Freimann Square Park.

General Anthony Wayne Statue!

…and that’s the celebration that was — another birthday date-walk around a well-decorated location with friendly citizens, curious attractions, and no shortage of talent on display.

We’re the Goldens. This is who we are and what we do.

Thanks for reading. Lord willing, see you next year!

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About Randall A. Golden
Hoosier since birth, geek since age 6, father at 22, Christian at 30; launched Midlife Crisis Crossover at 39. Full-time service rep; part-time internet contributor; former message board admin; inhabits Twitter as @RandallGolden. Views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of any other corporation, being, or party line.

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