6 Jul 2011
Bike Art. Tales from the Gallery
The TAP Gallery has a nice glow from the street. Makes you want to walk in.
I’ve been very late getting my bike shadows finished and finalizing the catalogue with prices.
You might recall Sue’s fame for having taken on the authorities re compulsory helmets after being fined for not wearing one in Scone
I made several films about her trips to court and now, she tells me she as she unlocks her new Gazelle, her purchase done..
That she’s back in court in a few days.
Good luck, Sue.
We agree , she and I, that the comp. helmets are holding back our cycle culture here, that because of them, lots of growth is not happening .
I’m particularly concerned that the laws mean we can’t have functioning bike share schemes in Australia
I argue that these public bike schemes, like the Paris Velibs, the Boris Bikes in London, the Bixis in Montreai, the Bicings in Barcelona, that all these new systems, are the turbo chargers of transport cycling.
They are the quick way to get masses of non riders, people who cant conceive of themselves using a bike as transport, (that’s the average Australian) to just try and then, to like it.
That’s what’s happened overseas and it can happen here. But first, we have to toss the helmet albatross.
I think about this as the message of my show as I paint the final silhouettes behind the art.
The Guy at the end agrees.
His key point is that they surround cycling with an unjustified cloak of fear, and that the small danger involved, is nothing compared with the loss of having so many people put off cycling for life
Meanwhile, both fortunately and unfortunately, more pics are selling.
Fortunately, since this campaign for helmet choice, needs funds. Unfortunately, in that I hate see my favorite works go out the door.
Esp. this one which many wouldn’t look at twice, but which I love.
It shows roof deck parking for bikes in Amsterdam .
And this one of two friends chatting, based on a Copenhagen cycle chic photo.
Anyway, my fears of a fiasco are receding fast, and I’m looking forward to the party at 3 pm on Sunday at the Tap, 45 Burton st. Darlinghurst.