CK Public Art Project: Bike Racks

WHAT are we doing?

Great communities celebrate their uniqueness openly and creatively. This can be done by weaving original aesthetic elements into the design of our everyday lives. Art installations that double as functional bike racks are a great way to embrace our communities’ distinct personality and inspire active lifestyles.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Public Health Unit encourages local, creative souls to design practical art in the form of bicycle racks to be installed at various Chatham-Kent Public Library locations.


WHY are we doing this?

  • To showcase the talent of local artists
  • To enhance Chatham-Kent’s image as both a cultural destination and a bicycle friendly community that regards bicycles as a permanent and important part of our transportation system
  • To promote clean air, a healthy lifestyle, and encourage more people to choose active transportation options


WHERE are we doing this?

There is an opportunity for designs to be fabricated and installed at five Chatham-Kent Public Library branch locations (Chatham, Dresden, Merlin, Tilbury and Ridgetown) as well as in front of the Civic Centre located in downtown Chatham.


What’s in it for you?

All entries that are chosen for installation will receive a $1,000 honorarium.


Are you eligible?

This competition is open to all visual artists, designers or community members with a creative flair and an eye for putting the fun in functionality. Submissions from students, new residents, seniors and youth are encouraged. Entries are welcome from any location, but special consideration will be given to submissions from Chatham-Kent residents.

Important Details:

  • The selected artist(s) will work with municipal staff to transform their design, as needed, to ensure suitability for fabrication
  • Although the selected design(s) will be produced with the intention of replicating the drawing as closely as possible, the municipality reserves the right to modify the design as necessary to make it functional


How to Apply:

Selection Process:

A review panel composed of Art & Culture professionals, cycling stakeholders and municipal representatives will be responsible for selecting the winning designs. Each design will be reviewed for aesthetics, site appropriateness, and feasibility of production and installation.


Fabrication & Installation:
No fabrication skills are necessary for this competition. The municipality will be responsible for fabrication and installation of the winning bike rack designs.

Have more questions? Need more information?

PublicArtProject@chatham-kent.ca
OR 519-352-7270


WHAT are we doing?

Great communities celebrate their uniqueness openly and creatively. This can be done by weaving original aesthetic elements into the design of our everyday lives. Art installations that double as functional bike racks are a great way to embrace our communities’ distinct personality and inspire active lifestyles.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Public Health Unit encourages local, creative souls to design practical art in the form of bicycle racks to be installed at various Chatham-Kent Public Library locations.


WHY are we doing this?

  • To showcase the talent of local artists
  • To enhance Chatham-Kent’s image as both a cultural destination and a bicycle friendly community that regards bicycles as a permanent and important part of our transportation system
  • To promote clean air, a healthy lifestyle, and encourage more people to choose active transportation options


WHERE are we doing this?

There is an opportunity for designs to be fabricated and installed at five Chatham-Kent Public Library branch locations (Chatham, Dresden, Merlin, Tilbury and Ridgetown) as well as in front of the Civic Centre located in downtown Chatham.


What’s in it for you?

All entries that are chosen for installation will receive a $1,000 honorarium.


Are you eligible?

This competition is open to all visual artists, designers or community members with a creative flair and an eye for putting the fun in functionality. Submissions from students, new residents, seniors and youth are encouraged. Entries are welcome from any location, but special consideration will be given to submissions from Chatham-Kent residents.

Important Details:

  • The selected artist(s) will work with municipal staff to transform their design, as needed, to ensure suitability for fabrication
  • Although the selected design(s) will be produced with the intention of replicating the drawing as closely as possible, the municipality reserves the right to modify the design as necessary to make it functional


How to Apply:

Selection Process:

A review panel composed of Art & Culture professionals, cycling stakeholders and municipal representatives will be responsible for selecting the winning designs. Each design will be reviewed for aesthetics, site appropriateness, and feasibility of production and installation.


Fabrication & Installation:
No fabrication skills are necessary for this competition. The municipality will be responsible for fabrication and installation of the winning bike rack designs.

Have more questions? Need more information?

PublicArtProject@chatham-kent.ca
OR 519-352-7270