Artbikes - Bike Hubs
The Artbike BIKE HUBS were commissioned through Hobart City Council's Public Art Program. The Project was launched at The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery at 2pm Wednesday 12 January 2011.
The Project called for iconic bike parking facilities to be located outside six cultural institutions in Hobart. Ken Betlehem, a Tasmanian based architect and urban designer was selected to undertake the commission. Ken's Bike Hub designs represent an understanding of international bike parking best practice, and are a unique and innovative combination of art / good design that enhances Hobart’s sustainable transport strategy.
Ken's "cast of characters" are a quirky bunch. They are a unique and innovative combination of art and good design that enhances Hobart's strategy for sustainable transport. The figures were manufactured at Incat by cutting 'people' from solid 32mm marine grade plate aluminium.
Street furniture for bicycles has over the years taken a default position of benign bent tubes crudely cast into the pavement. With or without bikes such furniture clashes with the elegance and technical refinement of the bicycle in both scale and form, seldom does such furniture elevate either the bicycle or the rack to a place of wonder.
With this work, my proposition is that as bicycles were designed for people, the 'bicycle rack' could be rendered in the form of a person or 'character'. Ken Betlehem, 2010
The Artbikes Project
Artbikes is a partnership between Hobart City Council, arts@work and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). CAST (Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania) was responsible for the initiating the project and it has been assisted by a grant from the Tasmanian Government's ClimateConnect program.
The University of Tasmania, School of Architecture designed and built the bike storage crate and the RACT provides a free Bike Assist to Artbike users.
15 bikes are available to ride around Hobart's cultural hubs. They can be picked up from the Rosny Barn who will also provide free sanitised helmets, bike locks and touring map.
The Barn at Rosny Farm
Rosny Hill Rd, Rosny Park
Operating hours: Wed – Sun, 11 – 5
Ph: 6245 8740
Further information on Artbikes, including full bike-borrowing terms and conditions are available at www.artbikes.com.au.
Cast of Characters
See the below pictures for Bike Hub locations.
All images by Jonathan Wherrett, 2010