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Parking Squid bike rack gets new waterfront home on Earth Day, April 22

parking squidHappy Earth Day, folks! To celebrate, the beloved “Parking Squid” bicycle rack at Seattle Center has found a new long-term residence at the base of the Pike Street Hill Climb directly across from the Seattle Aquarium on Alaskan Way.

“Parking Squid” will offer accessible bicycle parking along the Central Waterfront. This functional artwork by local artist Susan Robb was originally created for The Next Fifty, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair and installed on Seattle Center campus. The project was presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs as part of a series of public artworks that illustrated how artists are shaping the conversation around environmental sustainability.

Parking Squid addresses the expanding need for bicycle parking, as identified in the SDOT Bicycle Master Plan. The artwork was commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

 Updated on April 23, 2013 with a photo of the Parking Squid in its new location on the waterfront.