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 cog bike peleton makes it way up the Hills of Rochdale passing the Town Hall, house and tree, two bees buzz around the brightly coloured cog flowers and imaginary man gets a final lick of paint. The ReCyCle Rochdale Kinetic Art Bike Sculpture takes shape in the artists studio ready for it’s grand unveiling on Saturday at Rochdale Pioneers Museum Tour de France Countdown Party.
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…
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.
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!
Following the visit to Rochdale Pioneers Museum The Sparth Art Bike Artists had definite ideas of how to develop the creation of their artwork so we decided to focus on making the moving elements of the artwork to create a truly kinetic sculpture.
To make the rear wheel of the ‘O bike’ rotate would be easy enough – it’s what bike wheels are meant to do! But we had decided the O’s needed to be bigger so started work on adding a larger wheel rim from another scrap bike. This involved the painstaking removal of about 1000’s spokes and unfortunately will have to be repeated with another wheel to make the O’s match in size. Fitting the larger wheel rim into our quite small frame also required the removal of the cross braces from the chain and seat stays using a hacksaw and file.
We also decided to create a mechanism to rotate one of the letters horizontally and took an old ‘windmill drill’ as a start point. We added a crank chain-set cog by carefully aligning it to the cog on the drill and drilling and bolting it in place – this will allow the drill to be turned by a bike chain – NICE!
Next we want to create, from bike parts, a mechanism to move part of our sculpture up and down – how will we manage this?…