Design ideas needed for sign at Mt Hutt Bike Park

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The community is being asked to come up with creative ideas for a new sign that will clearly state what Bike Methven is all about.

The sign will be be positioned at the new car park at the Mt Hutt Bike Park and will catch the eye of visitors and promote the outstanding biking area maintained by the volunteer group.

Bike Methven maintains over 30km of cross-country, downhill and single track trails and is in the process of extending the intermediate level tracks around the lower part of the bike park and also a UCI spec BMX track in central Methven.

Well-known Methven sculptor Hannah Kidd is lending a hand to facilitate the design process of the new bike park sign and will apply on behalf of Bike Methven for funding from the Creative Communities Grant administered by Ashburton District Council.

Ms Kidd said designers should think big, “but not so big we can’t afford to make it”.

“Anything goes, but obviously think a little about materials, the environment this will sit in and how it will be effected by the elements like the wind and snow.”

Basically, go crazy, design something wicked, she said.

Although she wasn’t commissioned to make the sign, she was happy to donate time and tools if needed.

“Because the design brief does not specify materials, anything can come in and much could be beyond my area of expertise.”

There was no time line for the design production, but the competition had been brought forward because of the current lockdown situation.

The project would go ahead with or without the community grant because the Bike Methven community was determined to make it happen and was generous when it came to donating time, skills, gear and materials, said Ms Kidd.

Design entries will be judged by the Bike Methven committee and close on April 10.

Email designs to sculpture@nullhannahkidd.co.nz.