Mexico City Artist’s ‘Las Bicicletas’ Sculptures Installed Near the Manhattan Bridge Approach

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 at 9:38 am by
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There is a new art installation entertaining the mass of (motorist) humanity down near the Manhattan Bridge approach. Colorful bike sculptures now dot the Bowery median south of Canal Street, thanks to a joint venture between the Department of Transportation and NYC Parks. The exhibition – “Las Bicicletas” – is the handiwork of famed Mexico City artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro, and is counted as first in a series of ten similar placements throughout the Five Boroughs.

In a public statement, the 82-year-old artist noted, “Las Bicicletas stems from my desire to connect people and the environment. It is my hope that while New Yorkers are enjoying the summer, the exhibit prompts discussion about the overuse of automobiles in modern cities, and the other options that exist for transportation.”

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In total, 122 “Las Bicicletas” were placed around the city, and at the following locations:

  1. Bowery at Canal Street
  2. Manhattan Bridge Brooklyn
  3. Jay St. at Sands Street
  4. Pearl St. between Front Street and York Street
  5. Cadman Plaza West
  6. Columbia Heights Seating Area
  7. Atlantic Ave. at Columbia Street
  8. BAM Park at Lafayette Avenue
  9. Bartel Pritchard Square
  10. Louis Valentino Jr. Park

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