Whether they rotate vertically, loop and twist or arch, the concept of bike racks as fixtures of public art is here to stay. In an effort to promote bike-friendliness in Roanoke, VA, the city is getting its very own piece of intriguing cycling art in the form of a giant wooden comb. This whimsical piece was created by artists Joshua Howell and Kagan Taylor of Popup Design (who are also founders of co-op design studio and workshop Knowhow Shop LA) and was unveiled today after a national design competition.According to The Roanoke Times, Roanoke was designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists last year. To commemorate this the city's public art program commissioned a number of custom-designed bike racks, one of which was this 400-pound rack, "handcrafted out of Mangaris using full mortise and tenon construction, while the hair is made from powder coated steel."
What's more, in the true spirit of community the monster comb was fabricated in Los Angeles in Knowhow Shop, a local collaborative DIY-workspace that provides woodworking equipment, a laser-cutter and CNC router to members, as well as "humor and knowhow."
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