Originally posted on Pinhole Obscura.
Down the street from Powell’s City Of Books in Portland, Oregon, is this odd sculpture of bikes piled on tiered concrete with a gold bike on the very tip top of a pole. It turns out that this is both a sculpture and a place where people can lock their bikes for Zoobomb.
Zoobomb started in the early 2000s. It’s a weekly activity in which bike riders meet at the Portland Zoo (which is up on a hill over looking the city. Then the bikes are ridden fast down the hill to the meetup spot (the sculpture) were they can do this again (and again). The sculpture serves as both a monument to Portland’s bike culture, and a place to keep kid’s bikes locked up until the next Zoobomb.