There’s something intrinsically funny about a bike in art. Hang a bike in an unexpected place, use it in an inventive way or build a weird-looking machine and you’ll be guaranteed to raise a smile.
I back-pedalled through my photo files and found I’d felt compelled to take a shot every time I saw a bike sculpture. A bit of googling showed me many others had done likewise.
The internet is full of images of two-wheelers put to witty artistic use. My photos first, then we’ll see what others have discovered…
For sheer effort, originality and dedication to the art of the bicycle, it’s hard to beat Taiwanese artist Liao Chien Chung.
According to the notes on the gallery wall he always wanted a Harley Davidson but couldn’t afford one.
So he built one himself, with pedals instead of a throbbing motor.
It’s on display at the moment in the wonderful White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney and looks hilarious in the accompanying video.
Googling ‘bike’ and ‘art’ turned up this collection on the blog Inspiration Green. They’ve put together a lot of great images of recycled bike art from around the world, including…
Oh, and if you’re looking for some raw materials for your own bike sculpture, you can pick them up at the bottom of any Amsterdam canal. They say it’s one third sludge, two thirds bikes down there.
Thanks to my correspondent Antonina for bringing the top photo to my notice and giving me a push-off to start this train of thought rolling.
If you know of more great bike art, please tell us about it in the comments box below and we’ll check it out. And almost certainly smile.