In 2008, the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) initiated a bike rack sculpture project for downtown Austin. Working closely with the City of Austin's Art in Public Places program, the DAA commissioned local artists to design unique, durable bike rack sculptures with the goal of supporting the arts downtown, as well as providing amenities for bicycle transportation. Funding for the bike racks was provided by the Downtown Austin Alliance, Thomas Properties Group and 816 Congress. The bike racks were donated to the City of Austin through the artwork donation process and are part of the City's public art collection.
At the dedication event for Stem Rack, located at 100 Congress Ave., artist Ann Armstrong spoke about her process for creating the sculptural bike rack.
Armstrong also made a short film about the creation of Stem Rack, entitled Art & Labor. Her film was selected for Faces of Austin 2013.