This post shows how we constructed the Bio Bike frame into our second performance model, Your Future Thanks You.
See the last couple of posts for first Bio Bike Model: The Eco T(h)anks.
This is the model we will be using for this weekend’s Sustainable Living Festival. I can’t wait!
Here’s the listing for our performance from the Festival Program.
I am super happy we were forward-thinking enough to make the Bio Bike frame modular. And now that we have two different tops that we can interchange, it makes the Bio Bike frame so much more versatile.
Currently, we have two tops we can use for two different performances.
So, it has been all action stations to get the Bio Bike frame that we previously constructed as the based for the Eco T(h)anks into the Your Future Thanks You.
Construction started, of course, with our Bio Bike base…
Claire had done an amazing job bending the PVC piping to shape the pod shell.
We wanted the pod to look a little comical and dinky.
We both agreed that we didn’t want a fully polished piece, we liked the home-made-any-one-can-do-this feel. We also didn’t want to over-engineer, complicate or over-decorate the pod. The whole point was that it was grassroots and fun.
We also wanted people to be able to see that it was clearly made out of recycled materials and that it wasn’t ‘perfect’ – and didn’t need to be to be super fun!
Claire had a previous artwork that we refashioned to be the back of the pod. The green section gave it a bit of colour and we decided to let it flop at the front because we liked the odd and unruly look of it – made you think that there is no way this thing could fly – which was perfect!
The pod shell was constructed out of recycled PET bottles attached together. I then lay it over the pod and zip tied it to the pod frame, while Claire was working on the wings.
Then, Hey Presto! The wings were ready.
Now, all we have to do is attach the propellers and put it on the bike!
I’ll be riding this Bio Bike from Footscray into Federation Square – just as I did for our 2014 SLF roving performance, Leki & the Ova.
I LOVE doing this!
It is a great way for the bike structure to settle in, I get to see if there are any last minute adjustments needed, and it is great to go whizzing by the poor unsuspecting public and see their faces! Honk! Honk!
It makes me super happy to ride our art bikes to the festival site. It gets me in the happy, bikes-are-awesome mood and this awesomeness is carried over into when the performance starts as I am already primed for fun!
Unleash the beast!
Here is the final Bio Bike…
Here’s our listing on the event program below!
See you all there!