Taking a long bike ride is a great way of clearing the mind, taking in inspiring sights and helping to resolve creative problems. For many creatives, their passion for this pasttime has translated into some beautiful works of bike art. Here are 10 inspiring works of art inspired by the humble bicycle...
01. Figurative sculptures
Korean artist Yeong-Deok Seo (opens in new tab) is the man behind this stunning sculpture. The designer used tightly knit configurations of welded bicycle chains and industrial steel chains to create the impressive piece. And this is not just a one off, Seo has developed a series of pieces, titled Infection - Anguish, Infection - Ego, and Addict.
This gorgeous print was created for the poster party for bike people Artcrank (opens in new tab). Illustrated by art director and designer Bryan Cavanagh (opens in new tab), the drawing depicts the the contrast between the cleanness of bikes compared to cars in the city.
03. Bike recycling
Ever wondered what happens to old, discarded bicycles? Well, in 2007 artists Mark Grieve (opens in new tab) and Ilana Spector reclaimed bikes from rubbish dumps and recycling centers to form this 30-foot-high archway for the annual art, music and everything else Burning Man festival held in the Nevada desert.
04. Okla Chick Saw Paw
Terri Saul (opens in new tab) is an American artist who has a large set of art inspired by bikes and biking. It was a tough choice but this 'Okla Chick Saw Paw' is one of our favourite of Saul's pieces. You can see more of her bike-inspired art here (opens in new tab).
05. Bicycle shop
Forget using a vinyl sign, this is certainly an innovative way to get your shop noticed. Bike shop co-owner Christian Peterson came up with the clever concept to mount the shop's entire inventory of 120 bicycles on the exterior wall of the store. Not only does it a brilliant advertising idea, it also doubles as a striking sculpture.
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