The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission announces the winning designs of six local artists for the first wave of public art bicycle racks to be fabricated for installation in 2010. The contest was open to professional artists who reside within a 200-mile radius of Nashville. Metro Arts interim executive director Sandra Duncan states that designs were chosen based on “artistic merit, location context, functionality, and durability.” Each bike rack relates to its specific location in a way that is visually interesting and creative. The northeast corner of Demonbreun Street and Music Row will delight Nashvillians and visitors alike with a playful gigantic microphone with a coiled cord. The design is the work of Franne Lee, Keith Harmon, and Mac Hill. Corn and Tomatoes by Paige Easter and Dan Goostree will appropriately adorn the Rosa Parks Boulevard side of the Farmers’ Market. The bike racks project is part of a larger initiative to make public art a reality throughout the city and to enrich the lives of all Nashvillians. Here’s to riding into a brighter new year and brighter city with the useful yet imaginative racks to mark several prominent city streets next year.