TROY — This summer’s installation of “Las Bicicletas” will ride on through mid-August, according to chairperson Debbie Robart.
“Las Bicicletas — Urban Art from Mexico to the World” art exhibit features a variety of sheet metal sculptures located in downtown Troy, Treasure Island and Paul G. Duke Park. The installation will continue to catch the public’s eye until approximately Aug. 15.
“It’s very different and it’s more contemporary than the exhibits (Troy) has had in the past, however, and the mission is to promote, through art and through the sculptures, the use of bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation,” Robart said. “Bicycles universally recognized as vehicles of happiness and health and I thought it would be perfect for Troy.”
The sculptures, created by Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro, have travelled from Mexico to New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C. and other urban areas. The city of Troy was the first small town to exhibit the colorful steel sculptures.
Navarro said he was inspired by the mode of transportation because bicycles are “vehicles of happiness and health.”
“The bright colors and the shapes can be seen throughout Troy,” Robart said. “We thought it would be nice to spread them throughout Troy. That’s why they are at Duke Park, Treasure Island and the senior citizen center so everyone could see them.”
The contemporary art exhibit features the bright red, white and orange bicycle sculptures, which fit into the city of Troy’s bike-friendly community efforts. The last several years the city has focused on increasing public awareness of its recreational trails and downtown accessibility for cyclists of all ages.
“To me, because Troy is a bike-friendly community, I figured it would be great to bring something in to promote bicycling,” Robart said. “The fact that this exhibit had only been in very large cities such as Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., I thought it would be great to bring this into a small community like Troy.”
Troy will also host the “Tour de Donut” cycling tour with a sweet twist as cyclists travel to stations and enjoy doughnuts along the trail. The event will take place in September 15-16. The event draws approximately 3,000 cyclists of all ages to participate in the various tours, which start in downtown Troy. A “Rock the Bike” concert is also planned for the event.
Sculptures on the Square is a biennial public art exhibit in downtown Troy made possible by grants from the Troy Foundation and Robinson Fund, partnership with the city of Troy, and the generosity of individual and corporate donors. The Sculptures on the Square is supported by private funds only.
For more information, call Troy Main Street at (937) 339-5455, or visit www.troymainstreet.org.
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