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Latest bike rack art features dala horses

New installation reflects Swedish heritage

'Dala Hitching Post' – three five-foot high stainless steel Swedish dala horses – were created by Batavia artist Eric Fuertes. This is the third installation of bike rack sculptures in downtown Geneva. The Geneva Cultural Art Commission’s Bike + Rack = Art program was created to bring more sculptures throughout the downtown.
'Dala Hitching Post' – three five-foot high stainless steel Swedish dala horses – were created by Batavia artist Eric Fuertes. This is the third installation of bike rack sculptures in downtown Geneva. The Geneva Cultural Art Commission’s Bike + Rack = Art program was created to bring more sculptures throughout the downtown.

GENEVA – Geneva’s newest art sculpture, installed at James and Third streets, combines a bike rack with the city’s Swedish heritage, the city announced in a news release.

The third installation of the Geneva Cultural Art Commission’s Bike + Rack = Art program is three 5-foot-high stainless steel Swedish dala horses.

The bike rack art program was created to bring more sculptures to the downtown.

The newest one, titled “Dala Hitching Post,” can accommodate two to three bicycles.

Batavia resident Eric Fuertes, who created the new bike rack, is an artist who specializes in metal fabrication and casting, the release stated.

A graduate of the Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design, he teaches at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

The sculpture was dedicated in honor of Jean Gaines, the former Chamber president from 1978 to 2018, during a ceremony Sept. 4.

During Gaines’ tenure at the Chamber, Geneva received numerous honors for being a top shopping, dining and entertainment destination that also hosts award-winning festivals throughout the year, the release stated.

The $20,500 sculpture was funded by the city’s Cultural Arts Commission and a $4,000 donation from the Geneva Chamber.

The Chamber’s donation was made possible because of the generosity of residents and businesses.

WaterJet USA and Chicago Metal Supply assisted the effort by donating the use of a water jet machine to cut the sculpture out of stainless steel, the release stated.

“Because of the community support, we have a work of art that is not only functional, but continues to add to Geneva’s growing public art collection,” Cultural Arts Commission Chairman Tim Vetang stated in the release. “I know this sculpture will serve as a source of civic pride that will generate plenty of smiles and photos for years to come.”

The commission’s previous bike rack sculptures were the “Welcome Rounds” in 2014 at the northeast corner of Third and Campbell streets and “A Unique Cycle” in 2016 at State and Fourth streets, the release stated.

Information about the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission is available by visiting www.genevarts.org.

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