Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on June 17th, 2008 at 6:51 pm
(Photos © J. Maus)
The vibe here at City Hall is buzzing with bikes.
It’s opening night of the Carfree Cities Postcard Art Show and to celebrate, conference organizers have turned City Hall into a buffet of bike and carfree culture I haven’t seen since the Made in Portland Bike Show and Art Exhibition nearly two years ago.
In front of City Hall (off of SW Fourth Avenue) bike art and culture is everywhere you turn…
“Doc” and Cliff from North Freak (Portland’s newest freak bike club) are welding together a tall bike, the Sprockettes are about to perform, famed stencil artist Tiago DeJerk is painting stencils on the ground, another artist (also in a car parking space) painting a bike-inspired scene on a huge canvas, and there’s even a “tall-bike riding seamstress” who has set up shop with her sewing machine.
There are hundreds of bikes stacked thick on every pole.
And inside City Hall, it gets even better.
Carfree-themed postcards from all over the world and works by Andy Singer and other artists are engaging and inspiring visitors. There’s free beer and live music — a veritable cornucopia of bike love.
You should come down and join us if you can!
[And stay tuned for coverage of Gil Penalosa’s very inspiring keynote speech…]