Location: Conway, AR, United States
Completion date: 2019
city of Conway
The Bluescycle is an interactive, musical bicycle that can be played by people of all ages and abilities. The sculpture is outfitted with a range of bike horns and wheels that play a variety of blues riffs and patterns.
The sculpture is intended to honor the legacy of two prominent Black composers with ties to central Arkansas: William Grant Still and Florence Price. Both composers utilized the blues language in novel ways, in works such as the Afro-American Symphony, the Mississippi River Suite, and the Suite of Dances. The Bluecycle also examines the politics of bicycle transportation, such as its role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in Marcel Duchamp’s Readymades, in urban planning, and social activism.
To honor the legacy of William Grant Still and Florence Price