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Eye On Design: Benjamin J. Bowden’s Spacelander Bicycle

Spacelander Bicycle 2
All Photos By Gail

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.

Spacelander Bicycle

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.

Spacelander Bicycle Rear View

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.

Spacelander Bicycle 3

The Below Images of a White Spacelander Bike, Photographed at the Museum of Modern Art,  Were Added to This Post on April 6th, 2019.

White Spacelander Bike

From the 2019 Exhibit, The Value of Good Design.

White Spacelander Bike

 

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Bike in Copenhagen

Pink Bike
Photo By Gail

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.

Botanical Bicycle By Azuma Makoto

Botanical Bicycle
Photo By Gail

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
Botanical Bicycle, Spoke Detail

Botanical Bicycle Seat 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.

Photo Credit: BikeGeeky Team

Botanical Bicycle

Pink Thing of The Day: It’s Knot a Bike By Sergio Garcia

Knot a Bike
All Photos By Gail

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.

Knot a Bike Detail

Here it is in closer detail. See more of his cool work at the link above!

Support Exit Art and Win a Bicycle Stylized by David Byrne

David Byrne Bedazzled Bike
Bedazzled Art Bike! Win It!

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.

David Byrne Bedazzled Bike Close Up
Bedazzled Detail

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.

Rare Beatles Yellow Submarine Bike Up For Auction

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!

Thanks to the late great Vonda Dix for the Tip!