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Top artists and designers reinterpret bike helmets for charity auction

Grayson Perry is among those participating in Strike - The Helmet Project; designs onshow at Look Mum No Hands from Friday

Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry is among the artists and designers who have created helmets that will be auctioned off to raise funds for the brain injury charity, Headway.

The helmets, not all of which it is fair to say comply with official safety requirements, will be on display at Look Mum No Hands on London’s Old Street from 1-7 September in an exhibition called Strike - The Helmet Project.

Here’s the helmet designed by Jake & Dinos Chapman, who shot to fame in the 1990s as part of the Young British Artists movement.

This one is from renowned milliner Stephen Jones, whose clients have included Boy George, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Kylie Minogue.

One of the more striking designs is this piece by sculture Andrew Logan.

Finally, here’s Grayson Perry’s creation, on which he has painted words and phrases associated with cyclists and cycling.

As his wife Philippa points out, it’s actually a fruit bowl that has been turned upside down, so not something you'd want to go out riding with it perched on your head, especially given that you'll need to fork out at least five grand to make it yours..

While bidding wasn’t due to open until 1 September, it seems that offers are now being lodged on Galabid for the pieces, and it is the one by Perry that has grabbed the attention so far, with a top bid to date of £5,001.

You can see more pictures of the helmets that are being auctioned on The Helmet Project’s Instagram page.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Danbury | 6 years ago

Headway campaigns for compulsory helmets. Don't give them publicity.

darrenleroy | 6 years ago

I dislike Headways constant campaigning to make helmets a legal necessity. They really are missing the point.

Leviathan | 6 years ago
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