Bike Rides & Hikes

Sacramento gets bike racks that double as art

Starting this week, residents of several Sacramento neighborhoods will be seeing bright new amenities on the street corner or at the local park – bike racks that double as whimsical art pieces.

The first metal rack was installed on Thursday at McClatchy Park in the Oak Park neighborhood on the first day of national bike month.

City Councilman Jay Schenirer said the remaining nine racks will be spread throughout Council District 5, which ranges from Oak Park at its north end to South Land Park at its southern tip.

“We want to promote healthy living in Sacramento, and promote the arts in the city, so this is a wonderful combination,” Schenirer said.

He is asking residents to contact his office with suggestions on where the other racks should be placed. The first one is yellow. Others will be painted colors that fit their settings.

The racks, paid for by city capital improvement funds, are the work of local artist Jason Silva and sponsored by the Sacramento Metro Arts Commission.

Silva, also an architect, said he designed the racks as three separate pieces that look, from most angles, like a confusion of loops and lines. If a person stands at a given angle about 15 feet away, the three separate racks align to form the shape of a person riding a bike. He calls the racks “Anamorphosis,” a name that reflects the visual trickery involved.

“It’s about discovery,” Silva said. “That exciting moment when you realize what you’re seeing.”

He plans to align each rack so that passers-by can see the piece come together as they hit just the right angle.

Schenirer said McClatchy Park also is getting a series of face-lifts, paid for by a $2.8 million state grant the city won in a statewide competition. Those include a new playground that will be designed to recall Joyland, the amusement park that stood on the site decades ago. The park also will get a new skate park, a water play structure, tennis and basketball courts.

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