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Not cool! Awesome Diving Belles art project pulled after parts are stolen

I love the Diving Belles, an awesome bike-powered public art project in Pioneer Square’s Nord Alley. But the project’s life ended too early, stolen and vandalized until the artists took it down for good.

We wrote about the project when Artist Kyler Martz and UW Architecture student Jason Duckowitz installed it in early July. The coolest piece is a swimming woman whose arms move when you turn a bike crank with your hand. After a recent Sounder’s game (eat it, Beckham!), I watched a kid having the time of his life turning the crank and watching the woman swim. What a fantastic way to turn a sometimes grim but heavily used alley space into a joyful family-friendly spot!

But Madi from FamilyRide reports via Twitter that pieces of the project were stolen. She took a photo of last piece being removed:


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Farewell Diving Belles! At least you made it to the end of the London Olympics!

Here’s a video about their creation so you can see them in action:

The Diving Belles from Tim Willis on Vimeo.


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3 responses to “Not cool! Awesome Diving Belles art project pulled after parts are stolen”

  1. Tim

    With all this news about recovering stolen bicycles, it sure would be great if we could recover these stolen artworks.

    1. Tom Fucoloro

      Agreed. Everyone keep your eyes peeled.

  2. […] space by Artist Kyler Martz and UW Architecture student Jason Duckowitz. It was well-loved, but sadly short-lived due to vandalism. It’s great that more artists are giving the concept another try in the […]

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