• Posted Feb 11, 2005

Des Moines’ East Village Seeks Entries for “Rack ‘n’ Roll” Contest DES MOINES – The Historic East Village area of downtown Des Moines is sending out a call to all architects and public, sculptural or visual artists in Iowa to submit proposals for the “Rack ‘n’ Roll: The Art of Bike Racks” contest. These bicycle “art racks” are functional pieces that serve the dual purpose of securing bicycles while introducing public art into the East Village streetscape and creating a welcoming and interesting street environment for both bicycle users and pedestrians in the Historic East Village neighborhood. “We’re very excited to be the first to offer the bicycle art racks as an alternative form of public art in Des Moines,” said Sarah Oltrogge, Historic East Village representative. “The East Locust streetscape especially has become a wonderful environment for pedestrians and bicyclists and our hope is to encourage alternative transportation with something that is both functional and beautiful.”

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Eight separate locations have been proposed for the bicycle art racks in the area east of the Des Moines River, along East Locust Street and East Grand Avenue. Artists are invited to submit proposals by Friday, March 18, 2005. Selected artists will be notified March 28 and racks are to be completed and installed by May 15, in accordance with Bike to Work Week. For a complete prospectus, submission guidelines, and design specifications, contact Sarah Oltrogge, 515-281-4011, or visit The Rack ‘n’ Roll project is sponsored by the Historic East Village, Inc., Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines, the City of Des Moines, the Iowa Arts Council and the Downtown Community Alliance.

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