The final visit to the Moss Street Youth Centre and luckily it was a warm and bright winter afternoon as the main job was spray painting the cog artwork already created.
The group got stuck in cleaning the artwork then worked as a team to choose colours and spray the artwork, as some of the group were new to the project and a few of the original team couldn’t make it the artwork and spray painting was shared out between everyone in a truly Co-operative process.
Whilst the paint was drying the group came up with a name for their group:
The Creative Co-operative Rainbows Girls at Moss Street Youth Centre!
And wrote a bit about their experiences on the project:
When I went to the museum we found out:
That in 1840’s the Victorian times £1.00 was 240p and a group of 28 people wanted to start a new shop and each one of them had to save £1:00. It took them a year because they had to pay for bills and food and shelter etc.
Meanwhile, after the visit to the museum we thought about making our own scene to be put in the museum.
So we had previously been making a few models for an example a bee hive, bees, humans, flowers etc. We had to screw the models together and then melt them together later and by doing this it all stuck together in the end we spray painted them all. We did finishing touches using paint pens. And then we tried to create a fun layout to attach everything to the existing sculpture.
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 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…
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 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.