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Arttake: Arty Bike Racks, Part 3

Sacramento is full of clever bike racks, so today’s arttake is a follow-up to my first two posts on arty bike racks from Feb 2011 and July 2011. The red rack pictured above is the very bike-like bike rack that sits in front of INK Eats & Drinks at 27th & N.

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The ice cream cone and sundae shaped sculpted bike racks at Vic’s Ice Cream were well used on this sunny day.

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Local artist, Gina Rossi, sculpted this sun inspired bike rack for R U Tan on K between 23rd & 24th.

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This rack in front of Paragary’s at 27th & N is called, The Martini Glass, and is also by Rossi. This is part of a series of racks she will be creating for installation throughout midtown. Many unexpected and fun details on this one.

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This industrial rack on 23rd Street between I & J looks like a sister to another rack at 25 & I that I posted on last July.

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ArtTake: Arty Bike Racks Deux

ArtTakes are my mini-posts on art found in unexpected places that is often FUNctional (sculpted bike rack, painted newspaper stand, crafted business signage). Today’s arttake is a follow-up to my first post on bike racks from Feb 2011.

Nick on the Town has also posted on fun bike racks around downtown in two installments: Sept 2009 and July 2010.

Hardware style bike racks at East Sac Hardware, 48th & Folsom. The nut and bolt at the top are real and cost $75 per.

Across the street at Nolan’s Hilltop Tavern they added a little style to the tops of their bike racks.

Down the street you can find pretzel bike racks in front of Socal’s Tavern, 52nd and Folsom.

They are authentic down to the salt crystals.

I came across this super-industrial bike rack in a residential neighborhood at 25th & I.

Bright yellow happy racks with water-bottle and rear-lamp details near Fifth String Music at Alhambra and J.

Reminiscent of old fashioned penny farthing bikes, these racks sit along the R Street Corridor around 14th & R in front of the Shady Lady Bar, Burgers and Brew, and Top This Frozen Yogurt.

The R Street Corridor project has been in the works for some years now, transforming the old industrial area of Sacramento into a lively urban area (not unlike Portland’s Pearl District). R Street was once the edge of town, and Corridor project’s website gives an interesting history of R Street.

ArtTake: Crafty Signage

ArtTakes are my mini-posts on art found in unexpected places that is often FUNctional (sculpted bike rack, painted newspaper stand, crafted business signage).

Today’s ArtTake is a collection of arty/crafty business signage from around town. I’ll apologize now for the quality of many of the photos. The weather was overcast with a lot of glare and my photography skills were clearly not up to the challenge.

Mural at Hot Italian (16th & Q) a place for pizza, music, bikes & gear.

Seraphein Beyn Advertising agency at 2319 J St; “Using cognitive thinking and opposable thumbs to create a thin facade of respectability since 1983.”

Mini-mural at Cuffs Urban Apparel by Sophia Lacin & Hennessy Chrisophel (www.lcmuralanddesign.com) at 2523 J St.

Art Ellis, a family run art supply store at 2508 J S since 1948.

Mural for Sugar Shack Boutique by Electrick7.com at 2425 J.

My gym of choice, Pipeworks, on the other side of the tracks at 116 N. 16th Street.

RUOFS (pronounced Rufus) the bull is the mascot for Ruland’s Used Office Furniture also on the other side of the tracks at 215 N. 16th Street. RUOFS speaks to us with ever-changing messages on both of his big sides of beef. I blush to admit it took me a while to grok this particular message (“If you build it, they will stay”), but of course it refers to the Kings and their much-debated new arena.

RUOFS has a local history and has kept busy over the last 18 years boating, sky diving, participating in parades, and visiting various parts of the city. Looks like he even inspired the store’s motto:

ArtTake: Arty Bike Racks

ArtTakes are my mini-posts on art found in unexpected places that is often FUNctional (sculpted bike rack, painted newspaper stand, crafted business signage).

Bike-rack-art pops up all around downtown Sacramento; from silly and simple to beautifully sculptured. I’ve collected 5 so far and I’m sure there are more to come. Photos of the most elaborate bike-rack-art I’ve found to-date are at the end of this post; be sure to scroll all the way down so you don’t miss it.

This bulldog bike rack protects your bike while you are inside enjoying Mondo Bizzaro Cafe (formerly Butch and Nellie’s) at 18th & I Street.

Cutlery bike racks are the only way to go for the Bicycle Chef at 32nd & N.

One Speed, a bike themed pizza restaurant, has a bike rack crafted from bicycle parts. Thanks to Nick on the Town for drawing the One Speed rack to my attention in his second installment of amusing bike racks. Nick’s first installment of amusing bike racks was posted in Sept 2009.

This sculpture in front of Danielle’s Creperie at 9th & K appears to be a bike rack, but one isn’t 100% sure….

until they get a little closer.

This functional bike rack is a beautiful sculpture on a landscaped corner of the patio at La Bou on Stockton between V & X:

ArtTake: Welding Fun ~ 34th & P

ArtTakes are my mini-posts on art found in unexpected places that is often FUNctional (sculpted bike rack, painted newspaper stand, crafted business signage).

Just around the corner from Western Feed & Supply at 34th & P, is the workshop of welder, Danny Breckenridge, who (I assume) created the 3 welded figures that stand guard like post-modern gargoyles along the top of the garage door. I enjoy them every time I visit Western Feed for Rupert’s dog food.