Designed by Benjamin Bowden (1907 – 1998) the aluminum prototype for this futuristic Spacelander bicycle was handmade by the MG Auto Company in England in 1946. The original design incorporated an ingenious dynamo that stored the downhill energy and released it on uphill runs.
Manufacturing the bike to-spec for consumer use turned out be prohibitively expensive, but in 1960, Bowden contracted with Bomard Industries in Michigan to produce this more mechanically conventional, one-speed version of the dynamic, organic design fiberglass, a new design material.
Ultimately, the endeavor was too costly for Bomard Industries as well, and the firm went out of business after manufacturing only 522 examples.
Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum’s Visible Storage Archive.
The Below Images of a White Spacelander Bike, Photographed at the Museum of Modern Art, Were Added to This Post on April 6th, 2019.
Something we learned very quickly while visiting the Danish city of Copenhagen in early June is that people like to Ride Bikes there. Thirty-Six percent of the population commutes to work a bike, and they are just fucking everywhere, so you had better watch out! It is insane, and yet, not insane, because it saves gas and is better for you and the environment. I took this photo of nice Pink Bike while my sister and I took shelter from a thunder storm on our way to see some sites. Copenhagen is an awesome city and I would go back for another visit in a heartbeat.
Peixe Com Auréola (Fish with Halo), All Photos By Gail
When I was a teenager, there was a popular saying that “A Woman Needs a Man Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle” — which is still totally true, if a bit dated. I thought of that saying immediately when I saw the Fish-Bicycle hybrid sculpture, Peixe Com Auréola (Fish with Halo), at Anton Kern Gallery this past Friday, when I was there for the opening reception for new works by the Brazilian Artist called Marepe.
For his third solo show at Anton Kern, Marepe presents a group of six sculptures made of common objects and put together with great formal rigor and poetic potential. These works achieve a complex layering of references and meanings addressing the linkage between the individual and society.
A Coruja (The Owl)
Marepe’s sculptures are made from everyday materials such as plastic buckets and tables, ironing boards, brooms, bicycles, wheelbarrows and chipboard. Some titles, such as Embutido Sanfona (embedded accordion), are inspired by popular music. Others are factual and descriptive, such as Empilhamento (stacking). The work allows for a direct reading and, perhaps more importantly, leads toward a sensory experience; an intimacy of touch and interaction, comparable to the deeply emotional experience and immediacy of listening to music.
Sistema M (System M)
Duchamp and Neoconcretismo may be part of Marepe’s inspiration, but it is the artist’s deep concern for the social and for human interaction that drives his art. He combines quotidian objects and materials to form disarmingly simple monuments, some suggesting abstract forms, others depicting figures engaged in dance-like interaction, and in some cases allowing cut-out chipboard to assist in creating specific figures.
Embutido Sanfona (Built-in Accordion/Concertina)
Many of Marepe’s titles refer to Brazilian music or lyrics. Embutido Sanfona for example, can be translated as “built-in concertina,” the slightly smaller version of the accordion which is the lead instrument in Forró, a thrilling and infectious folk-pop music from the North-East of Brazil, the region where Marepe grew up and still lives and works. “Embutido Sanfona” also refers to Marepe’s previous wooden models for rooms and trucks and his interest in communal and shared spaces. It is simultaneously a minimalist kinetic sculpture, a model for multi-purpose housing, and a musical celebration.
Empilhamento I and Empilhamento II (Stacking One and Two)
Marepe’s work speaks, or rather sings of everyday life and love, celebrating and elevating the specific materials and origins of the work to the universal. The ordinary shines in its simple beauty declaring its liberating and transformative power.
Cabeça Ciclica (Head Cycle)
New Sculptures By Marepe will be on Exhibit through Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery, Located at 532 West 20th Street In the Chelsea Gallery District.
If you love bikes and winning stuff and like to support the arts, also, please visit This Link to buy one or more raffle tickets for a chance to win a cool custom bike designed by David Byrne of Talking Heads. All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the programs of Exit Art Gallery. Tickets are $20 each or six (6) for $100. All raffle ticket buyers will be invited to an exclusive Terrace Party in New York City on July 14, 2011, and the drawing will be held live at the party. You don’t have to be present to win, but why would you miss a crazy NY art party? Online ticket sales will be closed at noon on Thursday, July 14th. Thank you for supporting Exit Art! Please drive through.
Exit Art is located at 475 Tenth Ave, New York, NY 10018. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 AM –6:00 PM, Friday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
A one-of-a-kind Yellow Submarine Custom Schwinn Stingray Bike is currently up for auction at eBay and it is a pretty sweet ride. Donated by The Beatles and Apple Corps, this limited edition Schwinn Krate, Sting-ray model Yellow Submarine bicycle was created for promotional use in 1999 and was never sold publicly. The bicycle features the beautiful Yellow Submarine artwork and brings you the unique opportunity to own a rare piece of The Beatles memorabilia. The bike is part of a series of auctions from artists and songwriters from across the EMI family, supporting the Red Cross to raise funds for the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. EMI will match all funds raised from these auctions up to a maximum of one million euros, so you can feel good about throwing down your cash. The primary downside is that this is a UK based auction, which pretty much takes if off the table for US potential buyers who lack an unlimited cash flow (raises hand). The current bid as of 4 PM EDT on April 12 is GBP 1,120.00 or approximately US $1,838. Worth it! This auction ends April 21, 2011! I hope the person who wins this bike really loves it!
You gotta love this image. In July of 2008, The Discovery Channelused bicycle taxis as a medium to advertise their popular Shark Week programming. The “pedicabs” could be seen in New York City where drivers were outfitted as Life Guards and gave free rides to passengers for eight hours a day over the six day run of Shark Week – so cool!