Currents Bike Rack by Claire Darley and Rebecca Seeman

Currents Bike Rack by Claire Darley and Rebecca Seeman

One of ArtWorksQueen City Art Racks is Currents by Claire Darley and Rebecca Seeman, located on the edge of Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, right in front of Fifth Third Bank.

Darley and Seeman are longtime friends, collaborators and colleagues at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. The bike rack’s sinewy forms are inspired by the undulating currents of the Ohio River as well as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1854 poem about Cincinnati, which is excerpted on a nearby water feature [trivia found here]:

Currents Bike Rack by Claire Darley and Rebecca Seeman

Currents Bike Rack by Claire Darley and Rebecca Seeman

Currents is semi-protected from the elements, but the base plate is already rusted. Yikes! There are also a couple of city-issued bike racks nearby — not nearly as cool-looking but more visible and easily accessible from the street. This one seems a bit hidden from where you’d look to lock up your bike.

You can find other Queen City Art Racks downtown in front of the YWCA and the Convention Center, in Over-the-Rhine on Main St. and by Coffee Emporium, and in front of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, among other sites.

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3 thoughts on “Currents Bike Rack by Claire Darley and Rebecca Seeman

  1. Its pretty but totally unusable, we tried locking our bikes to it one night just because it was there and it was a mess. I works better as a jungle I think as I’ve seen more than a few playing on it.

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