A joint project by N55 and Rebar Group, Parkcycle Swarm has landed for August – September 2013 at PARTICIPATE: Baku Public Art Festival 2013, produced by YARAT Contemporary Art Organisation. Specially commissioned for PARTICIPATE, John Bela of Rebar Group (U.S.A.) joined forces with Till Wolfer and N55 (Scandinavian collective) to create the four-piece Parkcycle Swarm. The work joins Baku’s six-month festival, which continues until 17thSeptember 2013. This year the annual festival includes five international artists’ projects and five Azerbaijani artists’ projects, each involving viewer participation.
Parkcycle Swarm for Baku consists of four small mobile parks, which are being cycled through the city. Described by Rebar group as a “human-powered, open space distribution system,” Parkcycle debuted in San Francisco in 2007, offering immediate access to green space for the neighbourhoods it parked in. By bringing the project to Baku, Rebar Groupaims to expand the possibilities of public sculpture whilst raising awareness of cycle-power, community participation and the importance of green space.
Parkcycle Swarm will be followed by Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck, landing in Baku 5th September.