The work is by Louisville-based artist Jacob Heustis, and the unveiling and installation include two events, according to news releases.
The bike rack/sculpture ”As the Old Crow Flies,” will be unveiled January 6 at the Green building during the East Market District First Friday Trolley Hop.
The sign marks the distances to Bourbon Trail destinations “as the old crow flies,” according to the release.
To those unfortunates not from Kentucky, “as the old crow flies” is a paean to “Old Crow,” one of the oldest – if not the oldest – brand of bourbon.
In conjunction with the sculpture unveiling, The Green Building Gallery will also be hosting a one night only exhibition of two dimensional works by Heustis. The work will be on view from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the trolley hop.
Imagined by Holland and designed and built by Heustis, the sculpture incorporates wood from oak bourbon barrels and scrap pieces of steel, according to a news release. Heustis is a well-known visual artists who also plays in the band Wax Fang “and enjoys his bourbon on the rocks,” according to the release.
Oak and steel are the only materials used to make a bourbon barrel.
Holland had a nip of an idea to create a marker that would show the basic
distance “as the crow flies” from Nulu to the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail.
Heustis took this nip and created a new Louisville landmark. The official
Bourbon Trail distilleries include Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam,
Marker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve, all represented in the
sculpture. The final design replicates a tall country sign-post, with wooden
arrows pointing in the actual direction of the distilleries.
Heustis sourced barrels from the respective distilleries to use in the sculpture.
He burned the emblems of the distilleries into the barrels himself, as most
barrels do not come with emblems on them. “This is something that visitors
to Louisville will want their picture in front of,” says Holland, “and helps
promote Louisville as the ‘Gateway to Bourbon Country.’ “