Bike racks and ‘Animals’ — Truckee Public Art Commission gets busy

Staff report
Get your bike artsy rack designs in to Truckee Public Art Commission, and chheck out the Animal opening reception Feb. 7.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — New York, Montreal, Portland, Paris, and soon, Truckee!

The Truckee Public Art Commission (TPAC), in cooperation with the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Parks District is sponsoring an artist-designed bike rack competition.

The goal is to support and encourage bicycling in Truckee and provide a creative solution needed bicycle parking.

This competition is open to artists and design professionals and community members with a creative flair and an eye for fun functionality. Everyone is encouraged to submit a design regardless of background or technical experience.

Chosen participants may fabricate their own design, or TPAC will assist in pairing artists with a fabricator. This offers young people with a great ideas an equal chance of producing a winning design.

Submissions will be accepted until March 14, 2014. Installation will begin in the summer.

TPAC’s goal is to select, fabricate and install five sculptural bike racks. The following sites have been identified for consideration: Truckee Regional Park, Billy Rose Park (next to Tahoe Forest Hospital), West End Beach, TDRPD Community Arts Center (Church Street), and the TDRPD Community Recreation Center (Donner Pass Road).

Additional sites will be considered pending permitting and funding.

This project is funded by grants, private donors, TPAC fundraising events, and generous fabrication and material donations from The Mountain Forge. The final number of designs selected for fabrication and installation will be based on available funding.

In addition to design submissions, TPAC is also seeking sponsors. Full sponsorship of a rack will be recognized with a plaque naming the artist and sponsor. Partial sponsorship options are also available.

For design submission or sponsorship details, contact


TPAC will unveil its first community 2014 art installation at the Community Recreation Center, with more than 100 pieces dedicated to the theme “Animals.”

“Pets touch a heartstring in Truckee; it’s a theme that invites broad community participation,” said TPAC committee chair Suzanne Duerksen.

TPAC showcases a new theme every trimester, and the artists chosen to participate in the installation vary in age, experience and preferred medium. Highlights include works from Aimee Had, a Truckee-based artist with a flair for playful oil paintings.

The installation will be hung in the Community Recreation Center hallways on Feb. 3, with a public opening celebration on Friday, Feb. 7, 5-7 p.m. The event will feature live music from Jason Wooley and refreshments.

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