Hanging high above those that visit McAlexander Fieldhouse at Oregon State University now hangs a work of art.
Artist Beliz Brother, commissioned by the Oregon Arts Commission Percent for Art program, constructed "Peloton" — a collection of 80 interconnected bikes spanning 120 feet from the entryway of McAlexander Fieldhouse down the length of the facility.
Brother said the project fits with one of the staples of Corvallis culture.
"Relating to the local cultures of Corvallis (one of the top cities nationwide for bicycles), the OSU campus, and to the activities of the McAlexander Fieldhouse, the artwork abstracts the movement of a peloton or group of bicycle riders participating in a race," Brother said. "As if the racecourse or bike path ran through the building, the artwork is suspended above the main building entrance, extends past the information desk and down the length of the building past the exercise equipment and climbing walls.
"Just as bicycle and rider change angle and position in relationship to each other and the course during a race so do the bicycles in the artwork. Each bicycle is positioned to create a sense of movement and visual complexity as the artwork progresses through the building. From a distance the artwork is seen as a sculpture of form, color and light. It reads as a drawing through space. From a closer perspective, each bicycle — although painted the same color for overall uniformity — has a very individual quality."
The Artist: Beliz Brother lives in Seattle, WA. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Grant, a Western States Arts Foundation Distinguished Work in Sculpture Award, the Northwest Institute of Architecture & Urban Studies Rome Fellowship, and the Seattle Oÿce of Arts and Cultural A˛airs Northwest Major Works Award. In 2010 her artwork bloom was recognized by the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network as one of the best public artworks in the nation.
Ms. Brother was the recipient of a Lila Wallace & Arts International Artist Fellowship for cultural research and traveled throughout Indonesia studying traditional architecture and community involvement in creating artwork as an integrated part of all architecture, agriculture and ceremony. In 1997 she spent three months at Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco as a recipient of the Bridge Residency, a unique residency for artists developing innovative community projects. Beliz spent a year in Japan as a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Japan - United States Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellowship.
Exhibitions of her work have been held at the Seattle Art Museum, the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, San Francisco’s New Langton Art, and Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery. Other public projects include the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Seattle City Hall, Phoenix Civic Center, Swedish Medical Center, and the Akasaka Gakudo Center in Tokyo.