by Greg Mueller, 2016

About the art

Meant to evoke the Ojibwa canoe, this bike rack greets library patrons as a symbol of passage and exploration as they approach the library entrance – whether by bike, car, transit, or on foot. The artist has said that “public sculpture should work; it has a job to do,” and this sculpture surely does, with capacity for 15-24 bikes and a design guided by the input of bike enthusiasts. Weathering steel forms a protective oxidized surface on its bow and stern; bikes bisect the hull and are supported by stainless steel pipes. Complementing the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) theme of the library, this vessel serves as tool to connect people to information.

Funded by the Hennepin County Library One Percent for Art Program