Brought to Austin by a partnership between the Waller Creek Conservancy and The Contemporary Austin, Forever Bicycles (2014), by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, has been on display at Waller Creek since June 2017. The temporary installation was funded in part by a generous grant from the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation.
Located along the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, the dizzying sculpture made of over 1,200 bicycles has been delighting Austinites for nearly two years. It has been a tremendous joy to see people of all ages enjoying the artwork and sharing their favorite pictures on social media. We’ve hosted a number of special events and programs inspired by the sculpture and we have seen the way art can breathe new life to an urban park.
However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The last day to enjoy Forever Bicycles will be May 15.
We hope you will join us for our Concert on the Creek event on May 11, featuring local artist and musician Steve Parker. It will be a great way to bid a fond farewell to the installation. Event details are below.
Special thanks go out to our partners: The Contemporary Austin, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin.
Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles, 2014. 1,254 bicycles. Dimensions variable. Installation view, Waller Creek Delta, The Contemporary Austin – Museum Without Walls Program, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Ai Weiwei Studio. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio and Lisson Gallery. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin, Waller Creek Conservancy.
Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.