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MIDTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

With the weather starting to feel nice enough to ride your bicycle, you should head toward Overton Park in Midtown Memphis to check out a new piece of art that could make your ride more enjoyable.

A new archway created by Tylur French is now greeting bicyclists and walkers entering Overton Park on the bike path. French took more than a year to create the artwork made from steel and hundreds of bicycles.

"We had about 50-percent of the bikes were donated by individuals and about 50-percent were donated by the generosity of the bike shops around town," French said. "Just over 300, between 315 and 320, and all different types? Every kind of bike some old 50s style bikes some tandem bikes unicycles cycles just about everything."

At a cost $150,00 and $50,000 mostly gifted and through grants, this project was the dream of several groups.

"We had originally worked with Livable Memphis and the Broad Avenue Art District," said Tina Sullivan, Overton Park Conservancy Executive Director." The project is actually the Western Termonus of the Hamp Line, which is the on-street protected lanes connecting Overton park with the Shelby farms green line and so tis is sort of a celebration of where that connection hits Overton Park."

There are no worries about someone "borrowing" one of the art bikes. They are all welded to one another.  So now, these bikes are what you would call a permanent art piece.

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