Artists were selected to create imaginative bike rack sculptures. After a thorough review process, 23 artists were selected to influence IPFW IPFW Sculpture with Purpose™ by sharing their talent and creativity through their expression of a three-dimensional legacy for Fort Wayne.
In September of 2012, local and national artists of all disciplines were invited to submit a proposal to create imaginative bike rack sculpture designs for one of three different sculpture types:
The initial phase of artist selection was based on the artist’s application, résumé, and design drawings. Artists selected for phase two were asked to submit a scaled model of the proposed sculpture constructed, ideally, in the intended production material.
After a thorough review process, 23 artists were selected to influence IPFW Sculpture with Purpose ™ by sharing their talent and creativity through their expression of a three-dimensional legacy for Fort Wayne.
After a sponsor selected a sculpture design, the artist submitted detailed information that was reviewed by the City of Fort Wayne and consulting engineers to ensure the sculptures met necessary compliance and structural codes.
On October 2, 2013, the sculpture models were displayed at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art for the community to get their first look.
On May 17, 2014, IPFW joined forces with Fort4Fitness, Arts United, Visit Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Trails, and the Downtown Improvement District, the YLNI Barr Street Market, and Visit Fort Wayne to kickstart the summer and celebrate the presentation of the 50 sculptural bike racks that comprise IPFW Sculpture with Purpose.
Kickstart is a one-day community celebration of bikes, art, and music that has something for everyone, and will become an annual Fort Wayne tradition.
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