No matter where you look in Boston you’re bound to see a bicycle. Now, Boston bike lovers of all racing stripes can meet for drinks while admiring posters about cycling by local artists at ARTCRANK, a free event combining art and cycling at Fourth Wall Project on July 20.
There will be posters by 25 local artists with 30 copies of each available for purchase for $40. Additionally, Widmer Brothers Brewing will be selling beer along with an ARTCRANK pint glass for $5.
Proceeds will help support LivableStreets, a nonprofit organization determined to create safe streets for biking, walking and transit.
“We look for local organizations working to make a growing city more accessible to cycling, an organization lobbying for improvements to infrastructure, or getting people on bikes who wouldn’t normally ride one,” said Charles Youel, founder of ARTCRANK.
ARTCRANK, which had its first show in 2007, is the brainchild of Youel when he was working at an ad agency in Minneapolis. He and his friends all rode bikes, so Youel wanted to combine what they all liked: design, posters, and bikes.
They expected about 50 people to show up to the first event; about 500 ended up attending.
Since then, ARTCRANK has held events all over North America, as well as Paris and London.
“What we look for in those cities are places with strong cycling communities and strong creative communities,” said Youel, who said he’s loved bikes since the first time he learned to ride.
“It’s about seeing the world from the point of view of a bicycle. That’s the pleasant surprise about the show.
There [are] all these posters about racing, so I thought a lot of them were going to be about competition or fitness, but so many of them are about the view from the bicycle.”
Aside from the bikes, locals also have the opportunity to discover all the artistic talent in Boston. “We’ve been doing shows for over six years now,” Youel continued. “And I’ve found more than a thousand posters about bikes, and virtually no two have been alike.”
ARTCRANK never chooses a city with the idea of just going there once. They find communities that can sustain the event for years to come.
So get comfortable with those toe clips—this ride’s just begun.
FOURTH WALL PROJECT
132 BROOKLINE AVE.