Posts Tagged ‘art’

Herne Hill for the Velodrome

Designed by Christian Statham.

My friend and former UAL colleague Christian Statham entered his ‘Herne Hill for the Velodrome’ design into TFL’s Outer Limits competition and came second. Seeing as I live not far from Herne Hill now, and I was chuffed about Christian getting his prize, and it’s a cool design, I snapped up a poster print of it late last year.

Christian isn’t quite as much of a bike nut as I am – it seems he has a life – but he’s an excellent designer, a real technician with digital artwork and colour, and aside from that a massive retro buff with a keen eye for curiosities in all genres. Devote a lazy Sunday afternoon to his Colourschool blog, it’s a treasure trove of discerning interest and assorted cultural knick-knacks.

Chris Gilmour – cardboard bike

BIKES (installation view) cardboard and glue life size 2003 by Chris Gilmour.

BIKES (installation view) cardboard and glue life size 2003 by Chris Gilmour.

Artist Chris Gilmour has created a bike out of cardboard. Rendered in fascinating detail, Gilmour’s Blue Peter rig brings a new frame material to the age-old carbon-steel-alu-ti debate. The question is, how does it handle in the wet?

Via Hello Bauldoff.

Damien Hirst Madone

Damien Hirst styles the Trek Madone.

Damien Hirst styles the Trek Madone.

Trek has commissioned a number of high-profile designers to design new paint schemes for its range of Madone road bikes. Check out the Damien Hirst gallery and lots more via the Trek Flickr stream

Via @lancearmstrong.

The Ride of the Living Dead

Poster design by Cricket Press.

Poster design by Cricket Press.

Another bike-related find courtesy of Christian‘s Colourschool blog. The poster is hand-printed by Cricket Press, and you can buy direct from their website (although, sadly, this particular poster is no longer available).

I like the mention of ‘Al’s Bar’ at the finish.

Do zombies’ legs feel pressure or do they ride without pain? I’m thinking of Tom Simpson’s final moments on the Ventoux during the 1967 Tour de France. Ripped on amphetamine and half a bottle of brandy, he demanded to be put back on his bike when he fell off the first time. The second time he fell off he was probably already dead from heart failure, his hands gripping the bars so hard his fingers had to be prised off by the Tour doctor. My guess is Simpson had long since stopped feeling pain on that brutal mountainside – his ascent was indeed the Ride of the Living Dead.