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.
Azuma Makoto is a florist and botanical artist, known for incorporating nature into his fantastical and often surreal work. This Bicycle, from the artist’s Botanical series, is covered in AstroTurf, but still functions as a ride-able bike. Each Bike is unique and sells for about $5,000.
Botanical Bicycle, Spoke Detail
Botanical Bicycle, Seat Detail
Botanical Bicycle By Azuma Makoto is on Display Through April 30th, 2016 at Chamber, Located at 515 West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
Sergio Garcia’s tiny sculpture under a bell jar, cleverly entitled It’s Knot a Bike, was photographed at the Joseph Gross Gallery in the Chelsea Gallery District, where it was part of their Winter Group Show.
Here it is in closer detail. See more of his cool work at the link above!
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!
With the fuel situation the way it is these days (high prices, shortages, etc) and the ubiquitous emphasis on living as Green as possible, biking to work has become a popular option for suburbanites and those living in urban areas lacking the great public transportation system we enjoy here in NYC. Personally, I haven’t driven a car in twenty years, and the last time I was on a bike my age could be measured in single digits. But if I were suddenly faced with the absence of the walk there/take a bus/use the subway option to get around town, I’d probably choose a bike over a car as my transportation of choice. And if I had a bike, I would want that bike to be rad, because that is how I roll. So, thank god that somebody thought to invent the MonkeyLectric LED Light System for Bikes. This multi-colored light system installs on the spokes of your bike wheels, lighting up the night like the Aurora Borealis as you speed through the city, so people know to get the hell out of your way. Awesomeness. There’s a terrific, hands-on review of the light system here, with further specs and buying information available here. Saturday Night Fever soundtrack not included.