Happening in January when bike fever peaks during the Tour Down Under race, the Bike Art Adelaide Festival will showcase bike themed community art at Adelaide Airport and five main street locations in Adelaide's metropolitan area. It's an inclusive festival that encourages school children as well as artists in the community to come together and produce art which reflects a specific theme at each location.
Each street will have its own theme from a song title:
King William Road, Unley - All I Have To Do Is Dream
Prospect Road - 1984, in a sci-fi way
The Parade, Norwood - Unchain My Heart
Stirling, Adelaide Hills - The Green, Green Grass of Home
Gouger Street/ Central Market, Adelaide - China Eyes
Last held in 2012, the Bike Art Adelaide Festival will capitalise on the Tour Down Under's huge popularity and the large number of interstate and overseas visitors who flock to South Australia for this premier cycling event. Previous art installations included yarn bombing city bikes and rails, a photographic display, and paste-ups in the park.
This year's display in Adelaide city is appropriately themed China Eyes, and the organisers are planning art works including Chinese lanterns, dragons, horses, pagodas, Chinese coins, bunches of fake fireworks, calligraphy, paper and paper cuttings, manga, fans, yin/yang, with lots of lucky red and gorgeous gold. It will certainly brighten up the city for our visitors!
Bike Art Adelaide is taking its inspiration this year from the Gracia Festival in Barcelona. It's being organised by a team of volunteers who are running a Pozible campaign to fund Tandem, the flagship exhibition of Bike Art Adelaide at the Adelaide Airport. Please take a look and see if you can help out by just contributing a few dollars to help these artists and volunteers beautify Adelaide for our visitors - but do it soon as the appeal closes January 6!
Cyclists in the community have already helped out by donating many old and unwanted bike parts for use by artists - everything from old wheels, tyres and chains to complete bicycles. It's a great way to re-purpose all these surplus bits rather than seeing them go to landfill.
Even if cycling isn't a sport that enthrals you, the Bike Art Adelaide Festival promises to bring interest and colour to Adelaide's streets during January. I can't wait to see the results!