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Dollar Sign Bike Rack By David Byrne, Wall Street

Bike Rack By David Byrne
Photos By Gail

Any weekday that I walk south on Wall Street towards Water Street to catch a bus home, I pass by this otherwise unremarkable Dollar Sign-Shaped Bike Rack, which not everyone knows was designed by Talking Heads frontman, Fine Artist and Avid Bicyclist David Byrne. Until some time last year (I didn’t pay attention to exactly when this changed) there was an inverted paper coffee up — which no one would stop long enough to remove –covering the upward end of the ‘S’ shape. The cup was there for about two years: I swear I am not even exaggerating that point.

DB Bike Rack

The Wall Street Dollar Sign is one of nine custom Bike Racks created by Byrne in 2008, whose shapes pay homage to specific NYC neighborhoods. You can read more about them at This Link.

The Pace Gallery Presents Tight Spot By David Byrne

David Byrne Tight Spot
Global Inflation Comes to 25th Street

Last night may have been the first really cold night in NYC in months (56 degrees, brrr), but the scene was warm and inviting when both art and music fans turned out for the opening reception of Talking Heads’ front man and multi-faceted artist David Byrne’s current project, Tight Spot.

A startling and visually whimsical outdoor installation, Tight Spot is comprised of a 48 by 20 foot inflatable globe fitted with interior sound effects (more about that below), which is literally wedged into a tight spot at 508 West 25th Street created by the High Line and a vacant lot recently acquired by the gallery, whose brick and mortar space is right next door.

While the globe is a static fixture, the installation’s sound feature creates something of an interactive experience.  I spoke with Pace Gallery Director David Goerk at the opening and he not only showed me a photo of the globe’s interior  (imagine a giant white room empty but for two audio speakers – so cool) but he explained to me that the sounds coming from within the globe are mechanically altered recordings of Byrne’s own voice

In the exhibit’s Press Release Byrne further reveals the process behind creating the desired sound to accompany Tight Spot:

“I knew what I thought that sound should be, and rather than using instruments, synthesizers or samplers to make the sounds that I imagined, I simply made them with my voice. It was the easiest and fastest way of creating what I was hearing in my head. I filtered and processed my voice so that it wasn’t recognizable.”

Rather than put ideas into your head about the meaning behind Tight Spot, I’d invite you to visit the space and come to your own conclusions. In the current global state of rampant war, ongoing economic struggles and widespread issues of environmental concern, it would be difficult to not take something personal away from this exhibit — and it is most definitely a conversation starter. Nice work, David Byrne!

Tight Spot will be on view until October 1, 2011 under the High Line at 508 West 25th Street in New York City.

Support Exit Art and Win a Bicycle Stylized by David Byrne

David Byrne Bedazzled Bike
Bedazzled Art Bike! Win It!

If you love bikes and winning stuff and like to support the arts, also, please visit This Link to buy one or more raffle tickets for a chance to win a cool custom bike designed by David Byrne of Talking Heads. All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the programs of Exit Art Gallery. Tickets are $20 each or six (6) for $100. All raffle ticket buyers will be invited to an exclusive Terrace Party in New York City on July 14, 2011, and the drawing will be held live at the party. You don’t have to be present to win, but why would you miss a crazy NY art party? Online ticket sales will be closed at noon on Thursday, July 14th. Thank you for supporting Exit Art! Please drive through.

David Byrne Bedazzled Bike Close Up
Bedazzled Detail

Exit Art is located at 475 Tenth Ave, New York, NY 10018. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 AM –6:00 PM, Friday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.