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Artists create colorful bike racks for Norman

Norman soon will have bike racks with personality. A competition, sponsored by Norman Arts Council Public Arts Board, attracted 200 designs from artists throughout the state. The project will begin with five winning designs.
BY CHRIS JONES, For The Oklahoman Modified: March 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013

“I recently bought a bicycle, a mint-green Giant,” Kaspari said. “I think Norman is becoming a bike friendly place for everyone. This is public art with a purpose and I hope there are more bike racks, more opportunities for art and design of normal everyday items.”

Kaspari said she drew her winning ideas, “Thundercloud” and “Bison Charge” from Oklahoma weather and American Indian heritage.

Adam Stewart, a special education teacher in Norman, artist and also avid bicyclist, used the symbol of artists for his winning design, “Palette.”

Stewart said a welding class he took gave him good background knowledge and helped him in the creation of his design.

“I'm a bike rider,” he said. “I have pedaled thousands of miles. Last July I rode to Georgia to see my brother, with one 115-mile day in the Ozarks. So, when this competition came up, I was thinking in terms of locking up my bike, and how a person would use the bike rack. The artistic part was thinking about what says Norman. What says art?”

“Fourheads,” the winning design by Norman artist and bicyclist Chris McDaniel, is a fun-inspired design, sure to draw smiles.

And, that's what it's all about. Art out on the streets, bright, thought provoking and useful, too. And a great way to promote biking.