A trio of whimsical bicycles that when ridden, activate and play mechanical instruments contained in the column to which each bike is attached. David and Michael were tasked with designing an artwork that would engage the evolving community that is emerging in the "Linen District". The goal was to encourage spontaneous interactions between participants through the expression of music.
Interactivity was essential to us as it invites visitors to engage with each other using a common device that was prevalent in the community: the bicycle. The city wanted to encourage visitors to the Linen district by creating a signature piece that would reflect the character of the area and create an identity.
We work closely to design and manufacture our work. Our complementary skill sets and common fascination with mechanisms allowed us to prototype and experiment through a variety of techniques. This lead us to the ultimate goal of building an interactive and robust interface that could handle the elements, the use and potential abuse of the visitors and be an aesthetically pleasing work of art.
It has been a popular destination and the city is extremely happy with the final project.
Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.