The Uproar Festival of Public Art is going on now until August 12. It is a new arts festival taking place throughout Orange County. It’s a bit of a scavenger hunt and you can find works in Hillsborough, Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Being the bike nuts we are, we made a bike map to help you enjoy it without the need to drag a car around. It is also fun by foot. Organizers at Next , Bike Carrboro , Back Alley Bikes and the Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill held a bike tour on Wednesday night. Despite the high temps, over 30 people joined us, including at least two of the artists! Let’s take you on a photo voyage of the night.

Cyclists looking at art from the Uproar Festival of Public Art

Starting off, Tamara, co owner of Back Alley Bikes explained the route and the plan for the ride.

Cyclists looking at art from the Uproar Festival of Public Art

Our first stop was just a few steps away, where one of the artists riding with us, Eryn Donnalley, presented her work, “Return to Self”

Cyclists looking at art from the Uproar Festival of Public Art

In the basement of the Carrboro parking desk, there is this piece, and you could easily miss (but shouldn’t) “Come Beautifully Undone” | “Moosh’s Final Gift” | acrylic & mixed media on wood (with live projection mapping)

Cyclists looking at art from the Uproar Festival of Public Art

Outside Gray Squirrell is Aaron Early | “Ethmoid” | welded steel, zinc flame spray, epoxy paints

Cyclists looking at art from the Uproar Festival of Public Art

On into Chapel Hill, the ride stopped outside the Graduate to examine a work by Eliza Redmann , who also joined us on the ride! the title: “Vital Cloud” “iridescent acrylic”

Cyclists looking at art from the Uproar Festival of Public Art

The ride also made it to Carolina square, which is a nice place to take in several works and right across the street is 140 West Plaza which also holds several works. On the way back to Carrboro, we took the Libba Cotten path and stopped at this work, Claire Kiester | “Crispy” | crocheted plastic bag yarn, acrylic yarn, wood

Rout in Strava of the Uproar Festival of Public Art bike tour

Here is the route we took. It was a fun night, and a cool way to take in art. Thanks again to Next, Back Alley Bikes and Bike Carrboro !

John Rees lives in Chapel Hill. His day job is an enterprise architect for a big IT company. He was, until very recently, a member of the Chapel Hill Planning Commission and former chair. He serves on...