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Bike Rack Panels

Caroline Kajorinne - Fate
Luke Nicol - Pine
Jean Marshall - Plant Life
Jennifer Nichols - Memory Wheels Turning
40.6cm (16") Diameter panels
September 2012
Various locations (storefronts, sidewalks)

Fate  Pine  Plant Life  Memory Wheels Turning 

In 2012 the Recreation & Culture Division collaborated with Active Transportation Thunder Bay to incorporate local artwork with new bike racks. The resulting Bike Racks for Business program, funded by the City's Clean, Green and Beautiful Commitee and launched in June 2012, provides local businesses and organizations with consistent, effective bike parking, as well as a means for artists to showcase their designs throughout the city. The addition of artwork to the otherwise standard U-shaped racks fulfills one the goals of the Public Art Committee, which is to integrate art into daily life. 

The four winning designs were selected by an open competition process and assigned to particular parts of the City based on the location of the Image Routes, which are part of the Urban Design Guidelines currently in development. Plantlife is part of the Red River Road Image Route, Pine is part of the Arthur Street Image Route, and Fate is part of the May/Memorial/Algoma Image Route. Memory Wheels Turning is installed at locations elsewhere in the City, such as Westfort and Water Street.

FateAlthough the imagery stems from Finnish Folklore [Knot of Fate, rope, 12 waves], the symbolism is universal, suggesting that we control our future, each individual brings strength to the community, and we are all inevitably connected. - Caroline Kajorinne 


PineThunder Bay is profoundly connected to trees. Trees have been important to the people of this region for a long time and continue to be today. Pine celebrates our local environment and history; is a symbol of the health of the environment; and is based on the visual splendor of trees. - Luke Nicol


Plant LifePlantlife is representative of medicine. Our reason for existence is indebted to the land and all it has to offer. Everything is inextricably woven and connected directly to the land. The land and all it provides cannot go unnoticed as a cyclist. - Jean Marshall


Memory Wheels TurningThe panel design is an interpretation of stories about first time bike rides told by residents of Thunder Bay. The graphic represents a collective history of citizen experiences through the moment of delight, terror, and discovery associated with learning to ride a bicycle. These stories trace the geography of Thunder Bay, the region and places people have come from. - Jennifer Nichols