As part of the annual Art in the Loop
program, local artist m.o.i. (Minister of Information) has turned one of our B-cycles into public art! While you wait for the KC Streetcar at the Library District stop you can pedal on this art installation, watch a movie about the streetcar, and charge your mobile devices.
Rail – Bike – Rail
Rail – Bike – Rail is a multilayered platform that connects the public to the city, to Kansas City’s new Streetcar, and to an active living lifestyle. The project partners with BikeWalkKC to transform a B-cycle into an interactive sculpture that provides education, exercise, and a public service. The sculpture will be a stationary bike that allows users to learn about bike sharing, bike safety, and how cycling intersects with other transit options. Pedaling the sculpture will provide active energy to the user and the power to keep the system operational. Thus, the user becomes a visceral component of the work and in turn provides a direct connection to a larger sustainable community. The sculpture will extend the reach of the Streetcar deeper into the community by illustrating that many city attractions are less than a 10-minute bike ride from the nearest transit stop.
Rail, bike, rail will be located at the Library District streetcar stop, southbound Main Street at 10th Street.
m.o.i. aka The Minister of Information civic engagements lie at the intersection of middle-class economics, progressive politics, and environmental science. As much public servant as artist, m.o.i. pushes against entrenched institutional and cultural indifference with a practice that crosses many platforms and engages with any number of techniques: performance, printmaking, photography experimental film, and sculpture.
Art In The Loop
The mission of the Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is to contribute to the visual identity, enrichment, and revitalization of Downtown Kansas City, create new opportunities for artistic development, and expand public interaction with new art of excellence. AILF is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging artists in the on-going revitalization of Downtown Kansas City.
AILF seeks to play a proactive role in bringing further attention to Kansas City as a place where exciting and accomplished contemporary art is not just happening but is, in fact, helping to define the city’s identity.