Public art in Louisville received a nice shout out over the weekend in the Boston Globe, which featured Louisville’s eccentric bike rack sculpture program. The story is more than complimentary of the idea that came out of the Louisville Downtown Management District.
Louisville is “the most aggressive city in the country when it comes to building artistic bicycle racks — an inspired merger of high culture and smart transportation,” the article says.
Though other metropolitan areas are starting these sorts of downtown projects, the Globe says Louisville is ahead of the curve and the innovation is gaining national popularity.
Three years ago, a small controversy emerged when city officials allegedly grumbled about the location of “Learning Curve”, a pink, curved bike rack that critics complained didn’t fit with the surrounding architecture near the courthouse. It caused a ruckus among local artists, but the piece, which LDMD had commissioned for $2,000 and was created by Louisville artist Brad White, was eventually moved in front of the Brown Hotel on Fourth Street earlier this year.
Wonder what those naysayers think?