Making the bicycle a thing of beauty

As part of an ongoing fundraising project between the Elton John AIDS foundation (opens in new tab) and W Hotels (opens in new tab), six leading creatives were recently invited to transform the distinctive blue 'Boris bike' [hundreds of which are stationed around London for free use by residents] into a functional work of art.

Led by UK-based designer Ron Arad (opens in new tab), the 'WOW bikes' project included artist Benedict Radcliff (opens in new tab), fashion designers Patrick Cox (opens in new tab) and Alice Temperley (opens in new tab), singer Paloma Faith (opens in new tab) and illustrator Natasha Law (opens in new tab). However, it's Arad's 'two nuns' sprung steel bike that really caught our eye. Not only is this piece of bicycle art beautiful; it's also fully functional!

Arranged in tesselated forms, the sprung steel truly gives this bike an original look. We're not sure we'd feel safe riding it about town but it sure does look pretty!

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