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"Going where no bike rack has gone before"

Wow! Official funding for two with extra to go toward a third! Backers, you are amazing! With a few days left, maybe we'll have a third one funded! Please share this site and let's see what we can do!

I'm so excited!  Thanks to your help, the original funding goal has been reached in only 4 days!!!  Our community still needs your help!  We have one bike rack funded, let's go for two!  Pledges can still be made!

Dig In & Bike On is a public art project with the goal to place a bike rack where no bike rack has gone before ... in the downtown of Iron Mountain!  Iron Mountain, Michigan (IMMI), located in the beautiful Upper Peninsula, is an area known for its mining history and rolling landscape.  New bike paths are being created throughout our community, but we do not have bike racks in our downtown for our biking visitors.  This project can be the remedy!

This small-scale prototype shows rough detail on the rack that will be refined in the final version.  Tire stop bars will be added to each side of the rack for function and stability.  Image this large scale, with a rust colored powder coated finish!
This small-scale prototype shows rough detail on the rack that will be refined in the final version. Tire stop bars will be added to each side of the rack for function and stability. Image this large scale, with a rust colored powder coated finish!

Early last year, I began working on bike rack designs with input from representatives from our local bike path committee and the downtown design committee.  I met with Ronnie Bradke, a local metal fabricator, who became very excited about the project. 

My goal for Dig In & Bike On, is to raise $970 so we can create a functional bike rack that depicts the shovel-pick-shovel design in the middle and the two endcaps.  Creating this smaller version of the prototype will allow parking for 6 bicycles.  As more funding is reached, the rack can be made longer and/or a second small one can be created, to be placed in another area of the downtown.

Ronnie is ready to begin working on the bike rack once we have the funding.  Included in the $970 are labor costs, materials, supplies, and the rust colored powder coated finish.

The Design

The shovel-pick-shovel design is reminiscent of the mining days of our city and the mountain shaped end-caps denote Iron Mountain's rolling landscape.  Also cut into the end-cap is the name of our city, Iron Mountain.

The shovel pick shovel design from the small scale prototype will be used in our rewards.
The shovel pick shovel design from the small scale prototype will be used in our rewards.

The bike rack will have three tools (shovel-pick-shovel) and the two end-caps; 6 bicycles will be able to be parked around this rack.

The Rewards

Postcards, stickers, posters, metal wall hangings and small prototypes are our rewards that I think you will really enjoy!  Each reward is a reflection of this project and a way to show your support. When looking at the first image on the video, you see a bike at the top of a mountain, a mountain that is created by the letters, IMMI (Iron Mountain, Michigan).  The rust color background of the posters and the postcards symbolize the rust from the iron ore of our area, while the white lettering of DIG IN & BIKE ON bridges our city's mining history to the present.

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Much planning has been put into this project and I hope everything goes smoothly! In case I run into any delays or problems, I will keep my supporters in the loop! Dig In & Bike On!

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  • Pledge $5 or more
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    Thank you! Your support means so much! You get the good feeling of helping an Upper Peninsula of Michigan artist see her vision come true! You also will receive a shout out on the Dig In & Bike On IMMI Facebook page!

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    I truly appreciate your help! In addition to your good feeling and a shout out on the Dig In & Bike On IMMI Facebook page, you will receive 2 Dig In & Bike On IMMI postcards, one with a hand written thank you on the back and the other one blank for you to share!

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    12 backers

    You are so helpful! You will receive the above rewards, plus 1 extra blank postcard for you to share and a Dig In & Bike On sticker.

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    Wow! You will receive the above and a Dig In & Bike On IMMI 11” x17” art poster!

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    8 backers

    Thanks for being a Terrific Arts and Biking Supporter! In addition to the above, you will receive a metal wall sculpture of either a shovel or a pick design (1 tool-approximately 8 ½” tall), signed by the fabricator and myself.

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    5 backers

    Aren’t you a Terrific Arts and Biking Supporter! Not only will you receive everything in the $35 rewards, but in addition, you will receive a metal wall sculpture with the shovel and pick design (2 tools-approximately 8 ½” tall), signed by the fabricator and myself.

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    You are a Fantastic Arts and Biking Supporter! You will receive everything from the $35 rewards and a metal wall sculpture with the shovel, pick, shovel design (3 tools-approximately 8 ½” tall), signed by the fabricator and myself.

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  • Pledge $500 or more
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    1 backer

    Oh, Amazing Generous Arts and Biking Supporter! Because of your kindness, look for a mini prototype (approximately 8 ½” tall) of the project, with the shovel, pick, shovel design in the middle, signed by the fabricator and myself, and everything from the $35 rewards to be shipped to you!

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    You are one Generous Astoundingly Awesome Arts and Biking Supporter! For your generosity, in addition to all of the above ($500 pledge level), a small marker with your name on it will be affixed to the bike rack and I will create a list of some of my favorite places to visit in the Iron Mountain area that you can enjoy when you come to town!

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