Bicycles as art

October 25, 2017 at 16:23 | Posted in bicycles | 2 Comments
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Mrs Chillikebab and I recently went on a cultural outing to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Much fun to be had peering at the various avant-garde artworks – the usual combination of quite a lot of ‘meh’, a bit of ‘ooh’, occasional ‘aah’, and even the odd ‘WTF?’.

Amidst the piles of broken concrete fragments, lines drawn on walls, bags of coloured water and out-of-focus video installations was a bicycle. Not a normal bicycle, to be fair – it was an exhibit. A bicycle as an aesthetic object, indeed. It was in fact three bicycles sort of squished together, with bulbous triple tubing, three chains and wonderful triple-spoked wheels.

As I looked at it, I of course was contemplating this re-imagining of an everyday object; considering the kinetic aspects of the sculpture and the melding of ideal forms to create a sympathetic yet confrontational commentary on our lives and choices.

But alongside all that, the primary thought in my head was ‘can you actually ride it?‘. I was of course tempted, but I’m not sure the gallery staff would be that pleased if I had jumped on it and gone for a spin around the gallery…

Anyway, kudos to artist James Angus for recognising that a bicycle is a work of art. And kudos to us bicycle riders for the kinetic sculpture we create every time we ride our bikes.

 

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  1. It appears like three bicycles from three dimensions existing in [almost] the exact same place in space/time…
    Anyway, as a wheel-builder, the triple spoke, triple flange wheels would have been exceptionally difficult to lace up and tension!

  2. Cool. In my opinion, every bicycle is a work of art. Like you said, the only problem with putting one in a museum is that it can’t be ridden. That spoke pattern is amazing.

    Thanks for sharing.


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