Parking Squid, 2012

Parking Squid, 2012

Imaginative and functional, Susan Robb’s “Parking Squid” provides a home for multiple bikes within the tentacles of a deep-sea creature.

Location

1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101, USA

About the Artwork

Parking Squid playfully articulates the relationship between the landscape with contemporary social issues such as environmental sustainability and the growing need to live "greener." The artwork highlights the city's goal to increase the number of daily cyclists through an innovative, yet practical bicycle rack that provides parking for up to eight bicycles. An avid bicyclist herself, Robb has played with the geometry of the lock, bike, and anchor so that when locked against the steel frame, the wheels appear to be clutched by the squid's tentacles.

Parking Squid was originally installed at the entrance of the Seattle Center as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair. In 2013, it moved to its current permanent location along Alaskan Way.

Funding

Funded by Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.

Photo Credits

Photos by Spike Mafford Photography

From the Artist

"Parking Squid, who may well be a friend to those giant squid lurking in the depths of Puget Sound, is deployed as bike parking in the city of Seattle. Her raised, bike-wheel clutching tentacle beckons cyclists creating a locus for meeting and interaction while her architectural uniqueness within the city positions Parking Squid as an easily identifiable landmark; a potential 'Seattle icon.'