California artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector were commissioned by the city of Santa Rosa, California, in conjunction with the Nissan car dealership of Santa Rosa to create a monument to the bicycle. CYCLISK is located at the gateway to the Santa Rosa Arts District. Ironically, it is also positioned right in front of the car dealership.
Cyclisk is a five-story-high Egyptian-style obelisk made from some 340 bicycles and one tricycle; it weighs more than 10,000 pounds. The project, completed in September 2010, is part of the city’s Art and Culture Element in the General Plan 2020, which calls for the creation of inspiring places for the residents of Santa Rosa. Nissan, which is building a $3.7 million dealership in the city, chipped in $37,000 for the project.