Tuesday was the last ReCycle Rocdale session at Smallbridge library and time to finish the artwork to be add to the sculpture at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum. The group did great work spraying their cog and chain creations despite the very cold conditions outside and whilst waiting for the paint to cure on the cold metal designed the layout for their section of the artwork.
With amazing creativity they linked every piece created into a narrative to tell the story of the Rochdale Pioneers and Co-operation in Rochdale.
Our project is about the Rochdale Pioneers, we created a sculpture from scraped bike parts. We created A 3D model mill, Trandem, a 3D model of the world etc.
The story is about a man called Billy Cooper and a man called Sam Ashworth, they came together to trade goods and help the community. A group of people came together known as the Pioneers and they created a building called the Co-operative. They created this building so that the community could work-together. The sheep were on the hills, their wool was shawn and sent to the mills, in here clothes were made.
The next part of our sculpture shows how the wholsesale goods (by the CWS) were transported around the country on bikes (some were trandems), this gave people the basic necessities. The Rochdale town hall was created in 1866-1872, the purpose of creating the town centre was to attract more people from around the world. The heart symbolizes the love and affection of the residents of Rochdale for Co-operation and how it spread around the world.
Great work by the Bellfield Banters (their new group name!) and looking forward to seeing you at the artwork unveiling soon!
The ReCycle Rochdale Project has been expanded to two new groups based at Smallbridge Library and The Moss Street Youth Centre, Newbold.
The Smallbridge group visited The Rochdale Pioneers Museum on a rainy evening and undertook a grand tour led by Jonny followed by a quick discussion about cooperatives and ideas for the artwork.
Their ideas included a globe made from bike wheels to show how the concept of Cooperation had spread from Rochdale across the world, a bike cog model of one of Rochdale’s historical mills and a few self portraits in cogs of group members…
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!
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!
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…