Art on Main 2017
The Bicycle Project
The Big Bicycle Project celebrated greater Concord’s own creative powers. Organized by Kimball Jenkins School of Art and sponsored by Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, the project challenged the community to create an original sculpture from bicycle parts or decorate a bicycle. And, wow, did people step up to the challenge! The sculptures debuted at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Capital Arts Fest and became a popular attraction, drawing families up and down Main Street and around the city in search of engaging and fun works of art.
The project was open to budding and established artists of all ages. Three enchanting bicycle birds created by the children of Emerson School for Preschoolers are on display under the beech tree at Kimball Jenkins. “Library Dragon” reads a book while riding a bicycle at Concord Public Library. A steam-punk chopper trike built by a 14-year old Concord designer idles impatiently in front of Barley House, while a giant red T. rex bikes over to shop at Concord Food Co-op. Several bicycle artists learned welding at Manchester Makerspace, while a group of veterans worked together at American Legion Post 21 to produce the hilariously-detailed “Schwinn Family” in front of The Works Bakery Cafe.
Concord is a place of art and artisans: From local jewelry and craft shops, to galleries and the League of NH Craftsmen. Art is part of the city’s heritage. Historic statues surround the New Hampshire State House and dozens of paintings adorn its halls. Public art lines Main Street. Murals and community art projects are springing up around the city. And now the City of Concord and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce have created Concord's Art on Main program, an annual, year-round outdoor sculpture exposition that enlivens and enhances Main Street. Mixed with Concord’s classical art, it creates an open-air gallery that is free to enjoy, and on view every day. Go to VisitConcord-NH.com and click on Art on Main to plan your tour.