Tonight the Art Bike Artists got colourful spray painting all of the Cog Bikes created at the Cooperation on Wheels launch, along with our Hills of Rochdale houses, Town Hall and decorative flowers.
We were also visited by Olla, a student from Hopwood Hall who is making a documentary about the Rochdale Pioneers Museum and who inetrviewed some of the young artists about the project – let’s hope we make it to the final edit.
As it was our last creative session we ended the evening with a small celebration that included a very special cake…
To celebrate the final creative session for Recycle Rochdale Jasmin had made two cakes which the young artists transformed through the magic of icing and art into an Amazing Art Bike Cake!
The cake featured everyone’s names as spokes on the wheels, a Tour de France Leaders Jersey Yellow Frame and thick icing tyres. It seemed a shame to have to cut it into slices, but everyone was glad we did as as well as looking brilliant it tasted great!
Visitors to the Cooperation on Wheels exhibition created some great Cog Bikes for our Recycle Rochdale Peleton. There area an amazing assortment of bike types and styles including a super-cool BMX, Sports For All racer and a unicycle (or two).
As some of the young art bike artists were interested in how the Cog Bikes are made into solid artworks and we couldn’t do any welding at the Sparth Community Centre or the Rochdale Pioneers Museum here is a short film of welding one of the bikes too…
The creation of Cogs Bikes by visitors to the Cooperation On Wheels exhibition was paused briefly by the arrival of a VIP visitor, the Mayor Of Rochdale – Councillor Peter Rush.
The Mayor toured the exhibition then joined the Sparth Youth Club and Sparth Playscheme art bike artists to learn more about the ReCyCle Rochdale Sculpture, their hard work in creating it and the inspiration behind it. The group had a good chat to the Mayor and shared some of their experiences in creating the sculpture and what they had learnt. The Mayor told us a story about his son buying a bike from a local bike shop and spending too much on having it sprayed that he couldn’t afford pedals…
There was then a quick photo opportunity for the group with the Mayor, Museum Manager Jenny Mabot and Mervyn Wilson, chief executive of the Cooperative College. Also featured in the pictures are some of the star attractions of the exhibition; a beautiful Orbea bicycle (made by a bicycle cooperative in Spain) and Bradley Wiggins‘ Credit Agricole skinsuit he wore as World Individual Pursuit Champion in 2004.
All in all an amazing and rewarding day to remember!
Saturday morning arrived wet and blustery but this wasn’t going to stop the ReCyCle Rochdale Artists from putting on a great show for the opening of the Cooperation On Wheels exhibition.
We set up our Cooperative Kinetic Art Bike Sculpture and it looked amazing (even in the rain) and the newly sprayed parts of the artwork stood out brilliantly in front of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.
We also set up a gazebo to work under to make sure everyone stayed dry and there were no excuses for not getting involved! Luckily the rain eased off and young artists from Sparth Youth Club and Sparth Playscheme got prepared to help visitors with our art activity for the day…
We’d decided it would be great if visitors to the exhibition could make a ‘Cog Bike’ to add to the sculpture – this would allow us to frame our Kinetic Art Bike Sculpture with a peleton of cooperatively made mini art bikes!
Visitors started arriving and looked around the exhibitions and then many of them joined us to created their own amazing ‘Cog Bike’ inspired by the fantastic bicycles old and new on display inside.
The creative work continued all day – only stopping briefly for a VIP visit…
Tonight at Sparth Youth Club we wanted to spray paint all the parts of our sculpture ready for it’s first public showing on Saturday but unfortunately the torrential rain threatened our plans.
Luckily the art bike team refused to be deterred from getting the work ready and persevered by splitting into two team and gettting busy (and a bit wet) spray painting under the protection of a leaky gazebo. Not ideal conditions but the end results were brilliant; the C,O,O and Hills of Rochdale parts of the sculpture are painted and ready to go.
Other work that took place in the dry inside the community centre including making more decorative pieces for the sculpture (including a famous Rochdale landmark!) and completing the letter P.
We also planned our art activity / creative challenge for visitors to the Cooperation On Wheels Exhibition on Saturday – but you’ll have to join us on the day to find out what it is…
Exciting news for ReCyCle Rochdale as the artwork will be revealed at the Cooperation On Wheels exhibition launch at Rochdale Pioneers Museum on Saturday May 11th.
The exhibition explores how bikes were used by co-operative societies and how and why the Co-operative Wholesale Society manufactured bikes.
The sculpture is still a work-in-progress and will be exhibited for one day only! But it will return in it’s final form soon…
There will also be opportunity for visitors to the Museum on the day to create their own bike art to become part of the sculpture!
Artist Richard Dawson and some of the participants for Sparth Youth Group will be on hand all day to talk about the artwork and help you create your own artwork from bike parts making the final piece a truly Cooperatively Created Sculpture.
We progressed really well with the creation of the sculpture and made some really tricky mechanisms to make it move; it will be an interactive and kinetic sculpture. Here is a short video showing how the basic mechanisms work:
The Up&Down for the P is made from suspensioned forks with pedal cranks to drive it.
Rotating O is simply bike pedals driven by bike chain, but the addition of the Imaginary Man’s legs make it look cool…
Spinning C is made from an old windmill drill with a bike cog bolted to it and driven by a bike chain.
All this movement will really bring the sculpture to life.