The Big Bicycle Project celebrates greater Concord’s own creative powers. Organized by Kimball Jenkins School of Art and sponsored by Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, the project challenged the community to create an original sculpture from bicycle parts or decorate a bicycle. And, wow, did people step up to the challenge! The sculptures debuted May 6 at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Capital Arts Fest and have been a popular attraction ever since, drawing families up and down Main Street and around the city in search of engaging and fun works of art.
The project was open to budding and established artists of all ages. Three enchanting bicycle birds created by the children of Emerson School for Preschoolers are on display under the beech tree at Kimball Jenkins. “Library Dragon” reads a book while riding a bicycle at Concord Public Library. A steam-punk chopper trike built by a 14-year old Concord designer idles impatiently in front of Barley House, while a giant red T. rex bikes over to shop at Concord Food Co-op. Several bicycle artists learned welding at Manchester Makerspace, while a group of veterans worked together at American Legion Post 21 to produce the hilariously-detailed “Schwinn Family” in front of The Works Bakery Cafe.
The Big Bicycle Project challenges us to see bikes – and public art -- in a fresh new way. On display now through October. Check it out!