The 'Crown Jewel' stands ready on the Strand.
Photo by Jani Lange
Leadership Hermosa Beach will formally unveil new artisan bicycle racks
11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at 14th Street and the Strand, celebrating a
project to place decorative racks with shapes suggesting waves or
surfboards at six locations around town.
The racks are the fruits of the 2011 “class project” by the nonprofit
group, which was formed to identify civic leaders in the community and to
provide service to Hermosa.
Thanks to the group, it will be possible to lash 33 bikes or more to
racks along the Strand at 14th, 22nd and Second streets, and at Hermosa
Valley Park, the Community Center, Clark Field, and on one concrete pad on
private property, at E.T. Surf on Aviation Boulevard.
The “Crown Jewel” of the racks, in the shape of waves lapping an
upturned surfboard, sits at the Strand and 14th. The other bike racks
suggest waves without the board, and each bear the city seal. They were
all designed and crafted by Hermosa artist Daniel Baranbo.
The selection of bike racks for the class project was inspired by a
similar one in Long Beach, which was carried out by the city, instead of
Leadership Hermosa’s counterparts in neighboring Manhattan Beach also
chose bike racks as a service project; the Hermosans say they made the
selection first, and the Manhattanites followed their lead(ership), said
Hayley Larkin, group leader for the rack project, who is also a real
estate broker with a property management business.
The class of 2011 worked to select a community service project, then
formed subgroups to strategize fund raising, public relations and various
Jani Lange of Leadership Hermosa Beach, a sales rep in the surfing
industry who is also in event management, said the 20-person class, the
largest ever for the group, worked as a team to get the project done.
“We’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this,” he said.
He said the diversity of the class, which included longtime Hermosans
and relative newcomers, helped keep a broad perspective on the project by
bringing a wide variety of viewpoints.
The class established a $6,000 budget and spent about $4,600 on
creation of the racks, with the rest going to items such as a publicity
campaign including fundraising T-shirts that read “I bike Hermosa,” with
the word bike represented by a drawing of a bike.
The lion’s share of the money for the project, $3,300, came from an
event at the Comedy & Magic Club that was headlined by Ralph Harris and
featured a surprise appearance by Garry Shandling. The Beach Cities Health
District contributed $1,500, and an event at Watermans raised $500.
The group chose Baranbo to craft the racks, and he began by working up
designs based on concepts that the Leadership program wanted to convey.
“They wanted something that would represent Hermosa Beach culture and
ties to the surf community and its influence on surf culture,” Baranbo
said. “What better to represent surfing than waves and surfboards, right?”
Baranbo hand-fabricated the racks from round and square mild steel
tubing, cutting with a high-powered water jet, bending the steel “using
lots of leverage and manpower,” and welding everything together. The racks
were galvanized and powder coated to prevent rust and add a pleasing
finish. Baranbo had to slightly alter the city-seal logos “to keep them
structurally sound” within the racks.
“Working with the Hermosa Beach Leadership group was a great
experience,” Baranbo said. “Everyone in the group was dedicated to getting
great things done within their community. I’m happy I was given the
opportunity to work on such a cool project within my own community and so
close to home. Hermosa Beach has done a lot for me and it’s great to be
able to give a little something back.”
Leadership members said they got help and guidance from City Manager
Steve Burrell, Councilman Michael DiVirgilio, Police Chief Greg Savelli,
Public Works Commissioner Julian Katz, and the city’s Publics Works
Department, which took up the task of installing the racks.
New artisan bicycle racks will be unveiled 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at
14th Street and the Strand. Those in attendance can win a bicycle donated
by Hermosa Cyclery if they ride a bike to the unveiling.