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Forever Bicycles sculpture.

1,300 Bicycles (Gone)

Field review by the editors.

Austin, Texas

Assembled in on the lawn of a public park in June 2017, "Forever Bicycles" was created by Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei. It's a 32-foot-high archway made entirely of 1,300 identical stainless steel bicycles. Visitors can walk through the arch, or lie underneath it and be lulled into a bike trance by 2,600 wheels slowly spinning in the breeze. "The sky is the background," wrote Wei Wei in his mission statement, "the dizzying structure of steel, light, and shadow becomes seemingly infinite puzzle."

Forever Bicycles sculpture.

Wei Wei was born in Beijing when bicycles were its principal source of transportation. The "Forever" brand was one of the most popular at the time. According to arts officials in Austin, young Wei Wei always really wanted a bike.

1,300 Bicycles

Directions:
At the south dead-end of Trinity St., just south of its stoplight intersection with Hwy 343/E. Cesar Chavez St. Follow the walking path from the end of the cul-de-sac into the park. You'll quickly see the bikes ahead, on the left. Pay to park, limited parking.
Hours:
May 2019: Removed.
Status:
Gone

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