9th Street BMX Duncan Park Art Installation

The world-famous 9th Street BMX Trails are about to get their very own iconic art installation. Designed and fabricated by local artist Taylor Brown, the towering “9th” sculpture will be placed front and center of the park’s entrance in South Duncan Park to welcome riders of all ages.

Physical Description:

9th sculpture rendering The large letterforms will be composed of an outer shell of rolled steel plate and reinforced with repurposed BMX frames, forks, handlebars and other parts that act as internal support for the structure. The bike parts are from the artist’s personal collection of cycling memorabilia of almost fifteen years. The installation will be anchored into the ground via a concrete foundation and color-matched to the green of Austin’s iconic 9th Street signage. A Steel-reinforced, rebar base with supporting bolts will hold the sculpture in place.

Design Images, Dimensions and Renderings:

About the Artist:

Taylor Brown is a BMX industry insider, bike mechanic, cycling enthusiast and 3D artist. This project is his labor of love dedicated to Austin’s diverse and rich cycling community.

Artistic Description:

The idea of the 9th sculpture came to Taylor after noticing how many people take pictures at Daniel Johnston's "Hi, How Are You?" mural off the drag, the recently installed “ATX” sculpture outside of Whole Foods’ flagship store and especially the "LOVE" statue in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture is well known within the skateboard community, and Taylor wanted to give this same experience to the BMX community in Austin and beyond.

9th art sculpture cad The placement and welding of the various metal bike parts within the rolled metal shapes is meant to symbolize the support of BMX within Austin’s cycling community. Since the location of the 9th Street BMX Trails is in between the 800 & 900 block of 9th Street, the large 9 numeral will stand 9 feet, 8 inches tall as a homage to its physical location within the city’s grid system.

Timeline:

  • Total estimated time to create and install: 12 weeks.
  • Project Documentation / Proposal: 75% complete (9/21/2018).
  • Project Approval by PARD and APF: pending completion our documentation/proposal. (2 months)
  • Sculpture creation: 10 Weeks (Estimated)
  • Sheet Metal bending of the large letters: 7-10 days
    Local steel company Tube-Tec is contracted for the large rolling of the letterforms with steel plate metal. This process will only take 7–10 days from start to finish.
  • Internal BMX part welding: 30 days
    The recycled bicycle parts will be laid into the outline and welded into place by Taylor Brown. Each bicycle frame will be placed in a random layout throughout the sculpture and other parts will fill in the white spaces around them. The estimated amount of BMX frames and parts will be around 70 in total.
  • Sculpture Base & Concrete foundation: 7 days
    Depending on PARD’s installation abilities and resultant timeline, the concrete foundation is estimated at seven days. The soil excavation, wood framing, and rebar reinforcement will be overseen by Taylor in person.
  • Sculpture Installation: 2 days
    Once the concrete is cured, the sculpture will be installed by a small hoist via anchor rods. These bolts are in exact positions where the metal bases meet the concrete foundation. There will be a total 16 anchor rods needed to properly mount the sculpture.
  • Painting: 3 days
    Color-matched exterior green paint using an air compressor and paint gun will take 1–7 days. (If PARD requires that the sculpture be painted off-site, the process will be extended by a week or more.)

Project Materials & Labor:

  • Total Estimated Cost $9,500
  • Total Labor $2,100
  • Total Materials $7,215
    • Concrete Foundation $3,000
    • Welding $2,400
    • Steel Plate Rolling $1,975
    • Sculpture Delivery $1,100
    • Anchor Rods $930
    • Concrete $800
    • Welding Materials $570
    • Paint Materials $300
    • Argon (x 3) $270
    • Wood Forms $250
    • Skid Steer Dingo $225
    • Misc. Welding $200
    • Truck & Trailer $140
    • Hardware $130
    • Reinforced Steel $75
    • Auger Head Attachment $66
    • Fuel $40

Benefit to Duncan Park:

Giving one of Austin's public parks the recognition it has earned. This project runs deep with myself and many others in the BMX community. Many of us or our friends have grown up at 9th and have seen others grown up at the park. Creating a iconic object that people recognize. With recognition comes public knowledge of the park and what it is and means to people who use it or have seen it's location. The sculpture makes locals respect and have pride for the park. Validating the public park to many who are uninformed of the rich history that has taken place at 9th over the years. Having families make plans to travel to it's location from across town, near by city's, and other states. Casting the image of park pride, where the locals maintain this amazing park.