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…
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.
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…