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Talented musician, installation artist and photographer, David Byrne – of Talking Heads fame – has long been a champion of environmentally-friendly ideas. Most recently he was asked to judge a design competition that would see a range of new bike racks designed specifically for New York City. A keen cyclist himself, Byrne was so taken by the idea that he submitted a few creations of his own.
The designs, made from the same square metal tubing used in ordinary bike racks, attempt to encapsulate and define various New York neighborhoods: a dollar sign sits on the walkway outside Wall Street; an electric guitar decorates the path in Williamsburg and in Brooklyn, a car near the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel.
David Byrne hopes that by integrating cycling with art cyclists will be seen as slightly cooler. He says, riding a bicycle “used to be completely uncool… now it’s cool in different ways: for some people it’s cool if you have an old junker, for other people it’s cool if you have a racing bike. Anyway, it doesn’t immediately relegate you to nerd status anymore.”
We’ll even throw in a free album.