Portland, February 23rd, 2014. Portland Children’s Museum is launching the first in a new series of in-house exhibits. This one is called Cycle City: A Spin on Bikes.  Supporters enjoyed a VIP Party on Thursday, January 30th. Cycle City uniquely reflects Portland through an exploration of the creative potential of bikes beyond transportation. Visitors are invited to look at bicycles in surprising new ways as they make their way through interactive exhibit components.

Take a spin through Cycle City, a unique exhibit that uniquely reflects Portland through an exploration of the creative potential of bikes beyond transportation.

Take a spin through Cycle City, a unique exhibit that uniquely reflects Portland through an exploration of the creative potential of bikes beyond transportation.

Light up an electrical tower and create circuits through stationary bikes at "Pedal Power."

Light up an electrical tower and create circuits through stationary bikes at “Pedal Power.”

The exhibit is as Portland as it gets—created with materials donated by from local bicycle shops, designers, mechanics, and riders, this exhibit will inspire the next generation of PDX “bicycle buffs.” At Cycle City: A Spin on Bikes visitors will be invited to look at bicycles in surprising new ways as they make their way through interactive exhibit components, including: The Bike Shop: A variety of interchangeable PVC and wood parts and accessories to create an original bikes. Splashguard: Hand- and foot-driven spin art stations made out of bike parts will be grouped at varying heights. Crisscross: A progressing group art project using multiple visitors. Using hand pedals, one guest will control of the Y axis, while another will control the X axis. Bike PDX: Visitors pedal along with birds-eye videos of local rides and answer prompts along the way.
Pedal Power: Visitor-powered stations will power the tower, expelling energy through lights, sounds, Jacobs’s ladders, machinery, and more. Other exhibit components include Tire Tracks (a bicycle music box), Light Rider (shadow play), and a cycle-powered Gravitram sculpture. Cycle City will also feature bike sculptures and automations along with bike-based artwork from local artists throughout the run of the show.

 Ride along with local cyclist in "Bike PDX" through first-person guided videos.

Ride along with local cyclist in “Bike PDX” through first-person guided videos.

ABOUT PORTLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Portland Children’s Museum is the museum that doesn’t act like a museum. You won’t find any velvet ropes inside, and playing with and touching our exhibits is strongly encouraged. Our main exhibit is the imagination of the children who play here. Every environment and activity is designed to encourage children to play and wonder while they learn about themselves and the world around them. LOCATION In Washington Park across from Oregon Zoo; 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, 97221 HOURS Mon-Sun • 9am-5pm; Target Free First Friday (first Friday every month, 4-8pm) ADMISSION Museum members: Free • Under age 1: Free; Ages 1-54: $10 • Over 55 & military:$9
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