Portland Walking Tours

Zoobomb Goes Mainstream! (Sort of…)

May 31st, 2009

If you’ve ever been to Powells downtown you’ve probably noticed the large pile of kids bikes (aka “the holy pyle”) out in front of Rocco’s Pizza or next to the Pod sculpture along West Burnside and 11th Ave. (In what some Portlanders thought was a competition to see what was the ugliest pile of metal in the city.) Well, as of last Friday the “pyle” has a new permanent home thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

The new permanent home for the bikes is a new sculputure entitled “Little Bikes, Big Fun” by Brian Borrelllo, Vanessa Renwick and the Zoobomb. The sculpture is a pedestale holding a 14 foot pole with a gold bike perched on top. The pole is functional as it not only gives the Zoobombers somewhere to lock up their bikes, but it also has a hollow base for storing helments and first aid equipment.

For those of you who aren’t familar with the Zoobomb, this is where a large group of like-minded individuals take their kid bikes on the MAX to the Washington Park Station, ride the elevator up to Washington Park, then bomb down the hill as fast as they can to Portland, and repeat until satiated, bored, or the cops break up the fun.

Below is a picture of Portland’s newest piece of public art:

"Little Bikes, Big Fun!" (2009)

"Little Bikes, Big Fun!" (2009)

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