The City of Santa Rosa, in conjunction with Nissan of Santa Rosa, have commissioned Artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector to create a dynamic new artwork for the Santa Rosa corridor, which will be installed on Santa Rosa Avenue and South A Street in Santa Rosa, CA.  The Work, entitled, “Cyclisk,” is a sixty-foot-high (five-story) Egyptian-style obelisk made from recycled bicycles.

“When we looked at the spot, it seemed like something tall was needed on this odd little shape of land in Santa Rosa.  That got me thinking about the Circus Maximus,” Grieve explained.  “At the end of Santa Rosa Avenue, it felt like a visual turning point on the road.  We want to add to Santa Rosa a visual landmark that would have enough presence to compete visually with the surrounding environment.”

Spector added, “Collecting unusable parts from the debris piles of nonprofit community bike projects has proven to be a win-win; community bike DIY places are thrilled unusable parts are not becoming land fill and the City is psyched the sculpture will solidify Santa Rosa as bike-friendly.”

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  • tom hale

    The outset: I like the sculpture and the obelisk metaphor and i embrace “ugly” art for its social statements. Possibly at another site, (read country) with a different base, I might offer a real compliment. But this seems to be a gargantuan mis-location. The Santa Rosa business strip does not need another eyesore to bring the community’s attention to its insipid suburban downtown parts. It might have had a chance if it weren’t placed on a concrete plinth that looks more like an abandoned tract home foundation than a plinth.

    I also fail to see how a bunch of disemboweled bike parts is bike-friendly. I suppose Crassus’ severed head on a pike at the Parthian gates was a kind of Roman greeting–but not a warm welcoming soldiers or peddlers might look forward to. Not-so-good-a-concept I say.

    And finally, metal usually doesn’t wind up in landfills. Those bike parts, if not formed into a statue, would be melted down for next month’s coffee makers.

    I fear this one is going to wind up in next year’s appliances anyway when the public looses its toleration with art is anything philosophy–next to the crumbling fiberglass Biggie Boy Burgers sign.