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A new art exhibit coming to the Historic Triangle is calling attention to the area’s cycling culture.
The City of Williamsburg is preparing to host Las Bicicletas, a traveling art show that features 250 metal sculptures depicting bicycles and riders based on original drawings by Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro.
The sculptures will be installed in the coming weeks at several locations in the city, including Bicentennial Park, High Street, Merchants Square, the Williamsburg Community Building and the Williamsburg Regional Library.
The exhibit was the brainchild of Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance Arts Coordinator Terry Buntrock, who began investigating ways to bring the sculptures to the city after hearing about them from Alan Turnbull, head of the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists group.
“He was visiting [Washington,] D.C. and saw the sculptures at the Reagan Center and told me about them,” Buntrock said. “That’s when I first started looking into it.”
Buntrock said the traveling exhibit was nearing the end of its run in Washington and was scheduled to be put into storage for about six months before going to Chicago in the fall. She was able to negotiate an agreement with the exhibit, bringing about 40 of the sculptures to Williamsburg between the showings in Washington and Chicago and lowering the cost from around $500,000 to $37,500.
“We happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Buntrock said.
The sculptures will be on display in Williamsburg from May through October.
Buntrock said the exhibit’s timing was fortuitous, with May being National Bike Month and the 2015 UCI Road World Championships bicycle race coming to Richmond in September.
The city is covering the more than $37,000 price tag for the exhibit, but Buntrock is seeking sponsors and donors to recoup some of the costs. The Williamsburg Economic Development Authority voted at its meeting April 16 to sponsor one of the sculptures for $2,500.
Although the Williamsburg exhibit is temporary, Buntrock said she hoped to work with the City of Richmond to purchase several of the sculptures and install them permanently along the Capital Trail bicycle and pedestrian path that runs between Williamsburg, Jamestown and Richmond. The trail is scheduled for completion later this year.