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Batty biker family has hit The Loop

Batty family sculptureA sculpture dubbed "The Batty Biker Family" has been installed along the Rillito River Park near Campbell Avenue on The Loop.

The sculpture is the second in a series of works done by artist Stephen Fairfield with M. Anderson Construction assisting with the installation. As is standard on all construction projects, one percent of the final cost is set aside for public art. The county works with the Tucson Pima Arts Council to identify artists whose talents match the project’s goal.

The first batty biker depicts a bat perched atop a pole and riding a bicycle. It's located along the Broadway bridge over the Pantano Wash.

The batty biker family shows Papa Bat in mid-bite of munching a moth, Mama Bat holding a parasol aloft and Baby Bat clutching a teddy bear. The idea to place the family on a tandem bike, with one bat eating a bug, came from County Administrator and Loop enthusiast Chuck Huckelberry, said the artist.

Hundreds of bats roost under the Campbell bridge. In fact, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation staff will host its next "Bats in Flight" event June 18. 

A third sculpture of a bat riding a mountain bike is planned near Kory Laos BMX Park, located within Flowing Wells Park.
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