Artists wanted to design Hyannis Harbor bike racks

Prizes awarded for chosen designs
Left: Area near utility shed at Bismore Park; right: area near Bismore Visitor Center. Photos courtesy of the Town of Barnstable.

The Town of Barnstable is seeking designs for bike racks to be placed in Bismore Park on Hyannis Harbor.  The submission process is open to all visual artists, designers and engineers 18 and older. Only original worked created within the last three years may be submitted.

The designs must be functional and "aesthetically intriguing", according to a release from the town.  The racks will be manufactured in galvanized steel with colored powder coating or something comparable and able to withstand the elements.  The town will cover the cost of creating the racks.

The specifications for the project are as follows:

  • The rack should accommodate approximately 5 to 10 bicycles.
  • Measurements of space #1 (Visitor Center):  8' x 19'
  • Measurements of space #2 (Shed): 12' x 18'
  • The base or anchoring points of the rack will be submerged three feet into the ground or properly secured to a concrete pad with tamperproof hardware.
  • The rack must be designed to:
    1. support an bicycle by its frame in the upright position
    2. have two points per bicycle to secure the bike to the rack
    3. allow each bicycle to be removed without having to move another bicycle
    4. endure repeated user interaction and engagement
    5. accommodate a variety of bicycle sizes and shapes

A cash prize will be awarded for the winning designs--either $250 if two separate designs are chosen, or $500 if one design is chosen.

Designs are due by Wednesday, January 9, 2013 and should be mailed to the Growth Management Department, c/o Melissa Hersh, Town of Barnstable, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.  All submissions must include a cover letter with the project name, designer name and contact information, up to four sketches/images of the design on a CD or thumb drive. Jpegs should be 300 dpi resolution, labeled with your project name and a statement about your project of no more than 500 words.

All submissions will be reviewed by committee and a decision will be announced no later than Friday, February 1, 2013.

All submissions become the property of the Town of Barnstable.

Questions may be address to Melissa Hersh at [email protected]. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on