Forever Bicycles

 

I came across these breathtaking images while perusing Fast Company . The artist, Ai Weiwei, has a new exhibition in Taiwan at The Taipei Fine Arts Museum titled ‘Forever Bicycles’. 1,200 bicycles, nearly 100 feet high,  providing a strong visual impact. The repetitive elements are perfectly aligned and meticulously displayed. Every angle offering a new vision. At once monolithic and simple, as well as dynamic and complex. I am so taken by these images that I can imagine hours spent studying this display if I could visit in person. The reflectivity of the material creates a play of light, a study of transparency abruptly and rhythmically disrupted by the deep black spheres of tires. For the large volume of this venue, a thoughtful, impactful, and beautiful display. “The bikes have no handlebars and no seats and instead use those parts of the frame to extend upward and outward to connect to other wheels and other frames, creating the illusion of a labyrinth-like space in a three-dimensional area.” Forever Bicycles will be on view until January 20.

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Images found at Fast Company.

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Enjoy The Ride.

There’s nothing better at the end of a Chicago winter than dusting off the ol’ bike. To do so signifies summer has officially arrived. My family and I own some special bikes by Electra. We have an incredible appreciation for them, beyond their valuable function. To us, they are art objects, and at the same time sophisticated machines. I love the motorcycle language of the cruiser line, the period references, and smokin’ hot paint jobs. Check out the level of detail, and handmade quality of these bikes. Handstitched leather seats, accessories worthy of prominent embellishment.  Electra has introduced some new “designer” bikes over the past couple of years, and they have rightfully been getting some well desrved press. Two new Alexander Girard bikes (below), top the lineup. For those of you who are not familiar with them, it’s time to revisit the website and be inspired. Bike names like “Rat Rod” and “Rat Fink” are indicators of the car culture influences.

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