Norman Public Arts Seeks New Bike Rack Designs from Oklahoma Artists

Norman Public Arts Board Bike Rack Project – presented by Fowler Toyota

DEADLINE: Due 4 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2017

APPLICATION: Download Here (may take some time to load) or pickup at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman


The Public Arts Board of Norman is seeking designs for Phase Four of the Artist Designed Bike Racks Project.  This phase of the project will place artist designed bike racks across core Norman, joining 26 other artist-designed bike racks that have popped up across Downtown Norman and Campus Corner since the project’s inception in 2012. PAB is looking for bike racks that can accommodate a minimum of two bicycles, one on each side of the rack (similar to traditional “U” shaped racks), and that will represent Norman’s unique aesthetic and cultural identity.

The long-term goal of the Artist Designed Bike Racks Project is to increase the use of bicycles for transportation around Norman while also supporting the state’s evolving arts culture.

Winning entries will receive a $200 honorarium. All Oklahoma artists are eligible to apply. No fabrication skills are necessary to enter this competition.  The Public Arts Board will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of winning bike rack designs.

A Design Review Board composed of local arts advocates, bicycle advocates, and other community stakeholders will work with the Public Arts Board and be responsible for selecting the winning designs. Selected designs will be produced with the intention of replicating the design as closely as possible, but the Public Arts Board reserves the right to modify the designs when it is necessary for fabrication.

Submissions are due by 4 p.m. Friday, June 9. Winners will be notified on Tuesday, June 13 with a target install date of by the end of 2017.

The project is made possible through support from Fowler Toyota.

The Public Arts Board continues to develop new community art projects and strives to expand Norman’s reputation of being an arts supportive community. These projects are supported by donations to the Art in Public Places Fund through utility bills and fund raising efforts by the board.

Insect of the Prairie by John Tullius
Waving Wheat by Joshua Vaughn