On Thursday, August 23, Crosstown Arts hosted a block party to celebrate the installation of the spinning bike wheel sculpture, aka Beacon, by artists Colin Kidder and Eli Gold. We were excited to recognize the artists and the community members who helped make this project happen.

The concept for Beacon was proposed by the artists at Crosstown Arts' Memfeast 2 in April 2011 and was made possible with support from Memphians Harry Freeman and Sara Ratner.

Special thanks to Sara Ratner and Harry Freeman, Grinder Taber and Grinder, Inc., Peddler Bike Shop and Outdoors, Inc.
Many thanks to the Fuel Food Truck, Yolo and Dwayne Butcher for the food; and to Tout Lemon, Jeremy Shrader, Sean Murphy, Jamie Harmon and Amurica photobooth, Patrick and the drumline for entertainment, and Andrew J. Breig for the beautiful photos of the event.

Artists' Statement

Beacon is an eye-catching kinetic sculpture that moves dramatically in the natural wind and shines brightly with reflected sunlight. It is made out of 51 repurposed bicycle wheels. Beacon also draws attention to the developing Memphis Greenline, which runs one block north of the sculpture. We want this sculpture to serve as a creative beacon, arousing interest in Crosstown Arts and in the Crosstown neighborhood.

Homepage photo by Karlyn Houcek, kalrnyography studios

Photos by  Andrew J Breig, Matt Futrell, and Jamie Harmon