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13th Avenue - Christopher Fennell

Title of Art: Bike Train

Rendering of Bike Train art for the 13th Avenue Station on the R Line
Rendering of "Bike Train"
Sculptor Christpher Fennell of Birmingham, Alabama was chosen to do the artwork for the 13th Avenue Station on the R Line.

He makes all of his artwork from donated materials related to the site! "Sculpture is a visual language. Using recycled materials is not only a powerful image about our choices, but also connects the audience to the artwork through their own personal experiences with those materials," Fennell writes on his website.

The materials he's using for "Bike Train" include steel pipe and 40 locally donated bicycles. The artwork will be placed in the traffic island between the parking area and the train station platform. It will be 15'x17'x30'.

Fennell builds structural skeletons from discarded or found objects. The materials he chooses have been cast out or devalued by society and so his selections are based on the kind of message or impact each piece should convey.

Chris's creative inspiration comes from two places:
  1. Engineering
  2. Art
Artist Christopher Fennell at work
Sculptor Christopher Fennell at work
His background in engineering provides a singular understanding of how the materials can be formed, shaped and connected into a structure. His vision as an artist and his sense of humor bring the parts together in a form that is not only pleasing, but often thought-provoking and dynamic, challenging the viewer to look past the recognizable shape to see how everything is connected.

Fennell has a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Georgia along with degrees in mechanical engineering and sculpture from the University of South Florida.




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