Bike Art: Bicycles in Art Around the World
A two-wheel canvas for creativity, or what pedals have to do with pedestals.
By Maria Popova
We’ve already seen how the humble bicycle can emancipate women (and keep them patriarchy-bound), rein in incredible design innovation, be a manifesto for the creative life, and serve as a metaphor for computers, courtesy of Steve Jobs. But, it turns out, the bike can also be an incredible canvas for art. Bike Art: Bicycles in Art Around the World presents a voyeuristic tour of the lesser-known intersections of art and bike culture, spanning design, performing arts, steampunk, street art, and more through works created on walls, canvases, paper, pedestals, bikeframes, skin and clothing by a range of international artists.
And, of course, what’s a declaration of obsession if not signed by ink? If science geeks can do it, bike geeks can do it:
For more on the fascinating history and far-reaching impact of bike culture, don’t forget Robert Penn’s excellent It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels.
Images courtesy of Gingko Press; thanks, Sharon
Published January 5, 2012