Tour De France Countdown Party

The ReCyCle Rochdale Kinetic Art Bike Sculpture was unveiled at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum Tour de France countdown party.

Lots of the young junk sculpture artists came to the party and met the Mayor of Rochdale – Councillor Carol Elizabeth Wardle to explain the sculpture and how they had created it.

They also made smoothies with Peter and the Sustrans bike powered smoothie maker, a healthy and fun way to make a tasty drink: the smoother you pedal the smoother the drink…

They also featured on BBC radio Manchester...

Photography by Andy Hirst Photography

 

 

 

 

 

Colourful Cog Bikes

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…

 

 

and 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!

Cooperation on Wheels part 2 – a VIP visitor

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!

 

 

Cooperation On Wheels part 1 – Cog Bikes and cake…

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…

Colouring the cogs (in the rain)

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…

 

The sculpture will be revealed…

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.

 

The artwork gets even bigger

Tonight we decided to add a frame to the sculpture to make it more eyecatching and even larger. The frame will be made from an old trampoline and we tested two sizes by laying out all the sculpture elements on the floor and of course chose the largest!

Inspiration struck and it was decide that the circular frame would be painted red to look like a STOP sign but with the word CO-OP instead of STOP. A new young artist joined us for the session and commented that the COOP letters were hard to read withing the mechanisms and support bike so a job for next week will be to paint the artwork to make everything  stand out.

These design questions solved we got stuck in making the final parts of Imaginary Man, adding decoration to the C, fixing the big P to the up and down mechanism.

The Sparth Youth Club team worked flat out drilling and bolting the frame parts to make them solid whilst other another team were kept busy making cog flowers and bike chain houses to decorate the ‘Hills of Rochdale’ part of the artwork…

 

 

 

 

Imaginary Man takes shape

Tonight the Sparth Playscheme joined the Sparth Youth Club for a co-operative creative session at the Sparth Community Centre.

A keen team from those who had joined us at Rochdale Pioneers Museum asked if they could do more creative work so joined regulars from the Sparth Youth Club. The focus of work was assembling all the parts of the ‘imaginary man’ to ride the O bike and adding a bike seat face with cog eyes and brake pad moustache (not a handlebar moustache as this was used for the shoulders!).

Other work included further decoration of the letter O, reinforcing the up and down mechanism alongside making a base for the artwork from pieces of old trampoline and a lot of drilling and bolting together to ensure it was rigid.

 

Sparth Playscheme at Rochdale Pioneers Museum

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!