Bikes and art, two of my favourite things. Throw community collaboration into the mix and we have 150 Bike Wheels Later, an exhibition that went on during May 1st – May 5th at the Ministry of Casual Living. It started off with a workshop on how to make DIY strings of LED’s, followed by 3 days of me being in the space decorating bike rims, inviting people to join me. This was all instigated by the fact that I felt super behind in this specific project, and used the space to get a head, reaching out to community to participate in the creation of the work.
Since the fall, I’ve set out to create a dome made of bike wheels to bring to Otherworld Gathering. My plan was to pick-up busted bike rims from bike shops, rolling around with a bike trailer, grabbing them up one by one. After a pretty serious injury at the end of 2015, riding my bike has been impossible up until this past week. This totally disabled me from gathering any wheels. Though my bike and art loving friends had my back. I am blown away at how many rims have been delivered right to me throughout this year so far. I haven’t counted but it’s probably over 150 wheels.
Most of the individuals who participated in decorating a rim where friends who knew about the show. Though there were a few individuals who came in simply because they were passing by, and curious as to what was going on. Another fellow brought me many wheels, strapped to his back while riding his bike. He heard about it from a friend, but I didn’t know who either of them were. It amazed me that this person showed up seemingly out of no where, so enthusiastic to help. He powered through all my wheels that still had spokes, and clipped them a part one by one. Collectively we came to the conclusion that the spokes needed to be saved to play a mass game of “spoke-up-sticks”
Check out “Faces of 150 Bike Wheels” A Portrait Series