UNF student art to be permanently displayed on campus

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Updated: 6/27/2013 10:45 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The University of North Florida is about to get a whole lot more artistic.  Four UNF students were selected to design unique bike racks that will be placed all over campus.

"The school came to our professor Lance and asked if he would have us come up with designs for bike racks for campus," said student Wandy Griggs.

The project is saving the school money too by harnessing the creative talents of students, rather than pay an outside company.

Instructor Lance Vickery turned it into a class assignment for his nine students. The first step was making a mock design.

"This is my bike rack," David Main said, referring to a fish with open ribs representing where the bike tires will fit.  "So this is my representation of taking an organic form like a fish and turning it into something that's functional and sort of industrial."

Main's rack was one of four chosen to be placed somewhere on school grounds.  He's spending his summer welding together the real thing.

Fittingly, his fish will be placed outside the biology building. Griggs grass design will go out front Hicks Hall.

"Most people go there to go get tours for the campus. A lot of people are going to see it," Griggs said.

These students said they're honored their art will hold a place at their school for years to come.

"I said before I graduate I want to have something that's on UNF's campus permanently, because its something that's going to be here long past when I graduated, and its a great thing to have," Griggs said.

When the project is complete, a plaque will be placed with each artistic bike rack describing it and crediting the artist.  They are expected to be out on campus before the fall term starts Aug. 26.
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