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New SRAM pART project raises money for World Bicycle Relief

Bike components turned into works of art in aid of charity

Component brand SRAM have organised a second bike-focussed art auction for World Bicycle Relief and here are the works that will be sold.

The idea for the pART Project Velo Village auction is simple: SRAM give artists a box of bike components and challenge them to make something of it. The works created are displayed and then auctioned, the proceeds going to World Bicycle Relief.

SRAM sent 24 boxes, each containing 100 new components, to Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada, a few months ago. Island artists collected them and began their work.

The auction will take place during the Velo Village island pathways celebration of cycling, 21-23 June, but you don’t need to go there to put in a bid. You can do it online now and also in real time at the Velo Village website.

The money raised will go directly to World Bicycle Relief, an organization that works in bicycle distribution programmes to help poverty relief and disaster recovery initiatives.

We showed you the work that made up the first SRAM pART project, based at the Interbike show in Las Vegas, last year. It raised $96,000 for World Bicycle Relief and also boosted the profile of the charity that was set up by SRAM in 2005 in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Folks here at like the swooping bird of Dive II by Carl Sean McMahon. Vibrant and full of life, we’re saying. Illtyd Perkins’ Cycloidoscope looks pretty cool too, but have a browse and make your own mind up.

Hussefelt (dedicated to Raymond Burton) by Jacob Burton

Materials Bicycle parts, clay, wax, aluminum, cardboard
Dimensions 10in wide, 17.5in long, 8.75in high
Statement Process: "Lost Wax'' - (ceramic shell investment casting).
Materials: Original form was made using an old bicycle helmet, oil clay, selected parts from the ''box''. A rubber and fibreglass mold was made over original in order to have a wax reproduction. A high heat ceramic shell mold was made over the wax positive. The ceramic shell mold was then "burned out" and the aluminum parts melted with an added amount of aluminum ingot. This liquid aluminum was then poured into the ceramic shell mold and once cooled, the aluminum sculpture was "broken out" of the ceramic shell mold and finished with a black hot wax patina. Extra parts from the ''box'' were then added onto the piece. The stand was created from parts from the ''box'' as well, then painted gloss black.

Challenger by Seth Burton

Materials Bicycle parts, bicycle chromoly spindle bottom bracket, 1085 powdered steel, CPM3V tool steel, 304 stainless steel, aluminum, 1/4in threaded rod, wood dowel
Dimensions 4in wide, 9in long, 7in high
Statement Blade: The four inch blade started with a hollow bicycle chromoly spindle that was filled with 1085 powdered steel, forged and folded with a piece of 304 stainless between each fold, final layer count is 599 that includes a core of CPM3V powdered tool steel for the cutting edge.
Handle: The guard is made from a bicycle seat bracket, blue anodized shock caps and wood filled seat post.
Display: Blue and red anodized aluminum bicycle parts.

Mo, Sramrunner by Anne Derelian

Materials Bicycle parts, papier-mâché, mixed media
Dimensions 40in wide, 34in high
Statement “Mo”, Sramrunner is a distant cousin of the roadrunner but with the more colorful plumage of African birds. He rides a unicycle signifying that biking requires dexterity, balance, training, perseverance, strength and also gives the rider a great deal of pleasure. Mo’s head swivels in all directions because a cyclist must be constantly 360 degrees aware of his surroundings.

Machines for the correction of political errors by Martin Herbert

Materials Bicycle parts, wood, metal, line, carbon fibre
Dimensions 32in x 8in x 6in, 48in x 9in x 8in,  60in x 10in x10in
Statement Machines for the correction of political errors (made up of three pieces)
#103 The Spin Decoder, wood, metal and line
#197 The Muzzle By-Pass, pencil wood metal and line
#97 The Bitumen Eater, pencil, wood, carbon fibre, metal and line

Dive II by Carl Sean McMahon

Materials Bicycle parts
Dimensions 47.5in wide, 41in deep, 38in high,
Weight 40lb

Cycloidoscope by Illtyd Perkins

Materials Bicycle parts, hardwood, mirrors
Dimensions 14in wide, 26in deep, 24in high

Mind Games by Jerry Ringrose

Materials Bicycle parts, glass
Dimensions 22in long, 10in deep, 17in high

Cycle One by Janis Woode

Materials Bicycle parts, steel plate, hardware
Dimensions 19in wide, 12in deep, 19in high

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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Lara Dunn | 11 years ago

These are amazing but I'd rather have seen them recycling old bike parts rather than using new. Just 'cause.

Viro Indovina | 11 years ago

Thanks for the post! Excellent specimens. I like Anna Gustafson's pegboard painting. Reminds me of another worthy cycling charity, World Bike.

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