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10/10/2012

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Bicycle Bill

The unidentified gizmo in the top picture is something called a "cyclophone".  It's a bicycle-powered musical instrument (undoubtedly in much the same way a vuvuzela is a musical instrument) and is part of NYC/DOT's "Summer Streets" program.  Here's a link to an illustration of how it worked — http://ny.curbed.com/uploads/IMG_3434.php

As for the bicycle rack with the word "art" in the circle, I'm afraid I can't tell you the exact location, but it's in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Coming from the Ann Arbor Art Center and paid for by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, they are commemorating both the 100th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Art Center and the 50th birthday of the Ann Arbor Art Fair this year.  They can be sponsored by local businesses and individuals, who are then identified with a plaque at the base of the rack — and according to the CEO of the Ann Arbor Art Center, one couple purchased a rack and had it installed at the place where they first met.

-"BB"-

Bruce Putnam

The racks are being installed on Main Street, State Street, and South University Avenue areas in downtown Ann Arbor. They have produced 50 of them. Cost $350 each. Designed by Mary Thiefels.

Rick Bissell

The unidentified gizmos in the top picture may, in fact, actually be a pair of "uni-cyclophones" which when spinning in unison play "Entrance of the Gladiators" in two-part harmony.

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