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Renton Municipal Arts Commission invites the public to discover art on Earthwork Bicycle Tour

May 30, 2012

Jennifer Davis Hayes, Community Development Project Manager 425-430-6589
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Earthwork Bicycle Tour

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission has partnered with the Kent Arts Commission to host the free Earthworks Tour Inaugural Bicycle Ride on Saturday, June 2, starting at 9:00 am at the Herbert Bayer Earthwork, located at Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks Park in Kent, 742 East Titus Street. The Bicycle Tour connects the Herbert Bayer Earthwork (Kent), the Robert Morris Earthwork (SeaTac), the Green River Natural Resources Area, and Lorna Jordan's Waterworks Garden (Renton). Artist Lorna Jordan will be at the Waterworks Garden site in Renton from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to provide guided tours of her work. Everyone is welcomed to join the celebration!

Bicyclists are encouraged to register for the half-day ride through the Green River Valley by visiting www.KentArts.org/earthworks. Following the Inaugural Ride on June 2, the Earthworks Tour will be a permanent bicycle route and remain open to the public for self-guided tours.

The ride offers three routes for different riding abilities. The “Easy Ride,” recommended for families, is a 12-mile, flat ride to the Green River Natural Resources Area and back. The “Intermediate Loop” is a 20-mile ride that takes riders through the Green River Natural Resources Area and out to Lorna Jordan’s Waterworks Garden. It is also mostly flat with a single, long incline approaching Waterworks Gardens. The “Advanced Ride” follows the 20-mile route but includes a steep hill climb up to the Robert Morris Earthwork that adds 3 miles. All of the roadways and trails along the tour are paved. Visitors can bike to each location but should plan to walk through the earthworks, so if you're wearing bicycle shoes, you might want to also bring a pair of sneakers.

The Earthworks Tour is sponsored by the Kent Arts Commission and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Mayor’s Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative. Cascade Bicycle Club, 4Culture and the City of Renton are helping to co-produce the Earthworks Tour.  For more information, visit www.KentArts.org/earthworks.

For more information about the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, visit ArtsCommission.rentonwa.gov.