What’s good for both the environment and the art world? Upcycling. Also known as ‘creative reuse’, it’s a trend from the 1990’s that’s still going strong today. The idea is to repurpose something run down into something new and often beautiful or useful (or both).
A current exhibition by the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art, sponsored by the Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, in Concord, New Hampshire involves just that. Locals artist were invited to contribute a sculpture made from a bicycle. This could mean decorating an existing bike, or breaking one down into a brand new creation.
(I want to add that I actually went to a couple summer camps at Kimball-Jenkins when I was a kid. I remember it was a lot of fun, and I left the Fantasy Art week with a six-foot long, winged dragon I had made out of cardboard. It was really encouraging to create in an atmosphere that promoted imagination.)
Starting in May, all of the finished sculptures were put on display along Concord’s North and South Main Street. If you’ve never been, it’s a beautiful, historic place to walk and shop, and the new art additions only add to the splendor.
One of my favorite pictures I’ve taken on Main Street.
Click through the slideshow below to see some of the sculptures:
As peaceful as Main Street is, some of the displays weren’t left undisturbed. Sadly, two objects went missing: Fearless’s pink tricycle companion, Bullish, as well as an aardvark stuffed animal from the golden bike’s basket.
Nevertheless, the sculptures are beautifully creative. I love how diverse the concepts are. Not just the appealing visual aspect, but also how resourceful some of the artists were in repurposing bicycles into new piece of art. I heard that some participants learned skills like blacksmithing in order to make their sculpture.
If you find yourself near Main Street and in the mood for a nice walk, I highly encourage you to take a stroll past these upcycled works of art. They’ll be lining the street through this November. But Kimball-Jenkins has said more exhibitions are to come, so be sure to stay tuned! If you’d like to read more about the project and the School of Art at Kimball-Jenkins Estate, you can visit their website here.
Which bikes were your favorites? Have you ever participated in a project like this? I’d love to hear in the comments below!