Placemaking efforts continue on The Kay with the installment of two new bike racks that spell out K-A-Y. Designed by local artist, Gina Rossi, the custom bike racks have been placed at high traffic intersections at 12th & K streets near the Broiler Steakhouse replacing the existing U-bike rack, and at 10th and K streets in front of KBAR.
“Over the past several years, The Kay district has benefited from an influx of creativity fueled by our local entrepreneurs,” said Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) Executive Director, Michael Ault. “The bike racks are an expression of their passion and vision to instill pride in the neighborhood.”
Rossi has several installations and bike racks throughout the downtown grid. Her signature technique of fusing old and new can be seen in her “dragon” bike rack and the “comedy & tragedy” bike rack in the R Street Corridor.
“The Kay bike racks will create public functional art that compliments the revitalization of Downtown and momentum in The Kay district,” said artist Gina Rossi. “I have included original ice skate blades in it for ice skating on The Kay, horse shoes from the horses on K & Old Sac, recycled bike parts from community bike businesses, and rail road spikes from our railroad…just a little fun history of found objects of our city.”
The bike racks were made possible by donations from Turton Commercial Real Estate and David S. Taylor Interests to Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF). The DSF is a sister organization to the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. This 501(c)3organization is dedicated to fostering civic pride through the improvement of the social and physical environment of Downtown. The DSF supports DSP programs that provide elevated services for public space management and beautification, economic development, homeless outreach and public safety.
The bike rack installation will also compliment the DSF’s Downtown Mural Project for the vacant lot at the 800 block of K Street. Mural installation is due to start in late May.
To learn more about artist Gina Rossi visit her website.