Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bike Art

 My two passions this past year have been Mountain Biking and making art. I have now started a series of bike related art works. The first one is rather large and will be proudly displayed on my back deck (if I don't sell it first)

Last year one of my husbands friends gave him this bike wheel to give to me to see if I could use it in a piece of art. It went into my storage room until I could decide what to do with it.

When we moved into our home almost 5 years ago, this piece of round wood was in our storeroom, I put it up to the bike wheel and it was the same size! I had my husband drill a hole in the center to I could attach the bike wheel.  

 I then started to add paint and paper to the wood. The theme of the piece is biking in Idaho.

I then added bike gears that I got from the Boise Bicycle Project. As well as other 3 D objects.

The side of the wood has a bicycle chain and 1/2 screwed into the sides. The chainbreaker used to take the chain apart to make it fit, broke...so that was also glued to the surface! The edge of the wheel, were the tire would normally be, I glued orange and green gems all the way around. This took some time as I could glue about 10 at a time while it was standing on it's side so they wouldn't slide off.

The finished piece- and the wheel actually spins.

1 comment:

Rebeca Trevino said...

pam! this is terrific!
i have had a bicycle wheel in my studio for months, and i knew i wanted to do something with it. . . this is a perfect idea . . . i can see this hanging at your local bike shop.
very fun! very kool! love it.