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New “Bicycle Trio” art powers musical instruments in Boise’s Linen District

The three stationary bicycles — a cruiser, a delivery bike and a kid’s chopper — will drive real musical instruments when people pedal them.

The drum, organ pipe and  bass will be placed inside painted steel columns attached to the bikes. They’ll respond to the way people ride the bikes, cranking out different notes and rhythms then they’rd pedaled and changing octaves or beats when the rider moves the handlebars or applies the brakes.

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Artists David Cole, left, and Michael Brown work on “Bicycle Trio” Wednesday morning at the corner of 14th and Grove streets in Boise’s Linen District.

The artists, Oakland, Calif. residents Michael Brown and David Cole, said their inspiration was Boise’s penchant for bicycles.

“There were all kinds of different bikes and many of them had been tricked out to reflect the style and personality of their owners,” Brown and Cole wrote in their proposal to the city of Boise. “When we would walk by a restaurant, the bikes were tied up like horses to a hitching post and we were reminded of the city’s history along the Oregon Trail. We knew that if we wanted to help attract people to the Linen District, the way many of them would arrive would be on bikes, so what better way to engage them than to create a destination sculpture that honors this special relationship.”

“Bicycle Trio” is scheduled for installation Wednesday and Thursday at the corner of 14th and Grove streets.

The city of Boise and the Capital City Development Corporation,  Boise’s urban renewal agency, commissioned the $40,000 project.

To find out more about Boise’s public art program visit Boise City Department of Arts and History website.

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