CRISFIELD — The Crisfield Arts and Entertainment District (CAED) Project has completed its Art Bike Rack design competition with the new racks installed and winning artists receiving an award for design and consultation, funded by a Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.
Four designs by Jim Macko of Crisfield featured a fish, crab, kayak and bicycle and they are now located outside the Corbin Studio & Gallery, at the back entrance to Crisfield High School, in the pocket park across from the Tawes Museum and by the Terrapin Run hiker-biker trail at Hoyt Harbor, respectively.
At Wellington Beach, the design by Evelyn Brumwell of Crisfield was inspired by an oyster rake and tongs, where the wheels of a bicycle rest between the teeth.
Christina Carlson of Marion envisioned an oversized hard crab which was fabricated out of stainless steel and is now at the City Dock. Weighing 2,200 lbs. cyclists can secure their bike to the claw arms, legs or fins.
Fabrication for all six bike racks was by Hawkins Fabrication LLC of Churchville, Md., with the expense funded through a PAAM New Artworks grant from the MSAC. Bill Hawkins who leads this first-generation family business at one time lived on Smith Island.