The wheels are now in motion… last Thursday we announced the winners of the Byron Bike Rack Project.
Local residents, Luke Jones and David Thompson from Larc Collective Landscapes Architects have won the Byron Bike Rack Project, funding them $20,000 to bring their design ‘Happy Hoops’ to life and create sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron.
A community initiative we’ve worked alongside Byron Shire Council to encourage the locals and visitors of Byron Bay to ride, rather than drive by creating a set of sculptural, functional, public art bike racks.
Stoked to be supporting an environmentally progressive and creative initiative for the community, it has been a mammoth journey pulling the project together. Dating back to 2016 when we first proposed the concept to the Byron Shire council to locating the bike rack sites, running a public competition, receiving 23 local resident’s epic submissions, assessing six skilled finalists highly detailed and creative entries, and the result…a thrilled Byron Shire Public Art Panel, the opportunity to work side by side with talented, passionate locals and a greener step forward for the town of Byron.
The winning design ‘Happy Hoops’ delivered on all the judging criteria which included; safety, functionality, answering the brief, deliverance and its thematic fit with the Byron Shire.
The judge’s liked the simplicity and sophistication of image drawings in the ‘Happy Hoops’ entry, which used local iconography in a subtle (not cheesy) way. It was practical, functional, affordable, and replicable. After being shortlisted, during Luke and David’s one on one feedback session, the judges were also impressed by their enthusiasm and passion for the project. Happy Hoops consists of bike racks that will be located at 6 sites around Byron, made from hollow stainless-steel tube construction.
Luke and David spoke of their design “The suite of Happy Hoops consists of Peace Loop, Wave Window, Sun Follower and Rainbow Ring all eluding to the life we live in Byron Bay. The culture of Byron and Northern Rivers is deeply rooted around the beautiful environment we live amongst, and each of the four elements reflect this. The functionality of each design has been key in its evolution – pared back and simple, much like life in Byron Bay”.
The winners now have two months to manufacturer the bike racks and have partnered with N.A Mathie Steel and local welders in Binna Burra to help bring theirs designs to life. Installation will be looked after by the Byron Shire Council, who anticipate the bike racks date of use to be June this year. Stay tuned for a planned, celebratory Community Bike Ride once installation is complete!