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Junked bicycle parts stitched into an obelisk.
Junked bicycle parts stitched into an obelisk.

Cyclisk: Towering Pillar of Bicycle Parts

Field review by the editors.

Santa Rosa, California

The Cyclisk is a magnificent obelisk made of the gears, rims, frames, and other loose parts of 330 junker bicycles. It's large. So large, in fact -- 65 feet tall -- that its two creators, sculptors Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector, chose not to get paid for it when they constructed it (so they could make it bigger).


Like the obelisks of old, the Cyclisk has been built to last -- possibly for centuries -- and the city reportedly felt at the time of installation in 2010 that it would show Santa Rosa to be both cultural and bike-friendly.

As more towns and counties add bicycle lanes, laws, and hefty fines for cars abusing their pedaling brethren, the Right-of-Way gods seem to favorably appreciate this roadside tribute.

Cyclisk: Towering Pillar of Bicycle Parts

1255 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA
South side of town. US 101 exit toward Baker Ave. (from the south) or Corby Ave./Santa Rosa Ave. (from the north), then turn left onto Santa Rosa Ave. Cyclisk is a half-mile north, on the left just north of the Kia dealership.
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