About the Work
The area surrounding the new bike station is among the most visited locations in the city, with more than 3 million visitors annually to the nearby sports complex and E. 4th Street neighborhood. The creation of the new bike station is part of the City of Cleveland’s continued efforts to make Cleveland a more bike-friendly city and to provide amenities that encourage use of alternative transportation.
Mark Reigelman II
Scott Stibich is a Cleveland based sculptor with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work currently explores the displacement of objects, animate or inanimate. This forceful removal provides a new context for objects to be viewed and understood. Stibich has shown work at the Sculpture Center and the Cleveland Museum of Art. His most recent endeavor, the bike rack, is a collaboration with artist Mark Reigelman which is a permanent installation transforming a downtown parking garage and surrounding area at the center of Cleveland’s first public Bike Station. Stibich has also worked on two nationally honored public art projects.
How It Started
LAND studio sponsored a design competition inviting regional artists and designers to submit proposals for a public art project at the new bike station in downtown Cleveland. The competition was funded through a grant from the Cleveland Colectivo, a giving circle of Cleveland-area residents whose members pool their own money and give it away to innovative projects that address critical community issues. Thirty artists from across Greater Cleveland submitted ideas for the façade of the building. The submissions were reviewed and winners were chosen by community stakeholders from the Gateway and East 4th Street neighborhoods. The winning proposal, by Scott Stibich of Cleveland and Mark A. Reigelman II of New York, is a vivid site-specific installation coupling movement and color with bike riding nostalgia.
Downtown Cleveland Alliance is responsible for the day-to-day operations and marketing of the facility. The bike station is open 24 hours to members through secured key card access and staffed by an attendant during peek user hours.