The ReCyCle Rochdale Kinetic Art Bike sculpture has been install and is looking amazing! Please come to the Rochdale Pioneers Museum and have a look and play and see all the hard work by the young artists and how great it looks. Also visit the Cooperation on Wheels exhibition whilst you’re there!
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…
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.
Another amazing sunny spring day and Sparth Play-schemers visited Rochdale Pioneers Museum to get hands-on with the Art Bikes Sculpture.
A number of the play-scheme team were already involved with the project and continued their work on mechanisms to make the sculpture both kinetic and interactive.
Other members of the play-scheme get stuck in with making the bigger O by cutting the rear wheel, seat stays, seat post and chain stays from a larger scrap mountain bike.
Two teams got started on the ‘imaginary man’ who would ride our O bike; the first team made a maquette from cardboard tube to work out the dimensions of the figure and ensure he would fit on the bike. The second team replicated the leg parts from metal tube and made knee, ankle and hip joints by cable-tying two sections of bike chain together and joining them to the metal tube.
The second O for CO-OP was decorated by another team and the challenging ‘up & down’ mechanism was constructed using suspensioned front forks from which the springs were removed to allow them to slide easily up & down. These pieces will be driven from the pedals of another old bike and this was also created by a Play-scheme team.
By the end of a very busy and enjoyable day we had created and could show off the legs of the imaginary man pedaling the O bike, the drive mechanism for the rotating part of the sculpture, the ‘up & down’ mechanism, an in-scale letter P and more decorative parts – A Great Days Work!