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IPFW reveals models of sculptural bike racks

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 12:01 am

IPFW revealed 50 models of sculptural bike racks at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art on Wednesday. The university is celebrating 50 years through its public art initiative, IPFW Sculpture with Purpose.

"By bringing this public art project to our streets we are not only enhancing the spirit and culture of Fort Wayne, but we are also encouraging residents to bike and live a healthy lifestyle," said IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein in a statement.

The models are available for public viewing at no cost at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art now through Oct. 16. The models will be auctioned after the end of IPFW's 50th celebration to raise scholarship funds for IPFW students.

Artists in seven different states submitted 160 designs. Of those, 50 sculptural bike racks by 23 artists were selected. The first sculpture, "Confluence," by Design Collaborative, was unveiled a year ago in Freimann Square.

In addition to public viewing of the models, IPFW is partnering with AWS Foundation for the School Bike Art portion of the project. Area schools and groups are invited to participate in creatively turning recycled bicycles into art. The newly designed bicycles will be displayed at the Foundation for Art and Music Education (FAME) Festival March 15-16. Information can be found at www.sculpturewithpurpose.com under the Schools tab.

IPFW's 50 Reasons to Celebrate contest began Wednesday and ends 50 days later on Nov. 21. During that time the community can submit reasons to celebrate IPFW in 50 words or less at www.celebrateipfw.com. A committee will select the best reasons with prizes awarded to all winners. One reason will be showcased each week beginning May 17. That date marks the official kickoff of IPFW's 50th celebration year. That is the same day all the full-size sculptures will be unveiled with a special celebration