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Art Down Under: Adelaide’s streets upcycle with bike art during the Tour Down Under

January 10 2014

Bike Art AdelaideAs Adelaide gets set for this year’s Santos Tour Down Under, the Adelaide cycling and arts communities are gearing up to decorate the city with bicycle art.

Bike Art Adelaide is an umbrella program for a variety of art events that explore, express and celebrate everything bike. Following the success of the inaugural program in 2012, the festival – which runs from 13 to 31 January – will capitalise on Australia’s premier cycling event.

Bike Art Adelaide will bring community art to five mainstreet locations in Unley, Prospect, Norwood, Stirling and Adelaide, with the participation of schools and community artists.

Each street will have its own theme:

  • 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.

An exhibition called Tandem at the Adelaide Airport will showcase bike art to the thousands expected to visit Adelaide for the TDU.

Organiser Fay Patterson is looking forward to making a splash with the biggest bike art event in Australia.

“Five hundred students, six community groups, 20+ artists and the Bike Art Adelaide workshop are going to make this year’s event bigger and brighter than ever.”

“We’re really excited about this festival because it presents the brighter, more playful side of owning a bicycle, and that represents a growing community interest in cycling,” Ms Patterson said.

BAA will highlight Adelaide’s creativity and flair to TDU visitors as well as an interstate and international viewing audience, assisting to position Adelaide on the tourist map and promote art-related sales opportunities.

“We want everyone who comes to see the TDU to engage with the variety and creativity of the cycling community and its connection to the arts,” Ms Patterson said.

Expect to see Post-It-Note art, bike flower sculptures, a flying horse, bike love seats, chandeliers, dream catchers and seahorses along streets where the Tour Down Under will have race starts.

Adelaide’s famous Central Market will host the best bike dragon in town and Adelaide’s iconic boulevard, North Terrace, will give visitors to the TDU’s Classic Stage, a taste of pavement art, yarn-bombing and bike wheel sculptures.

Alongside artists such as Theofunya and Sue Fenwick, local primary and high schools have also got on board the bike art train.

“Our students really enjoyed participating in Bike Art Adelaide,” said Michelle Barratt from St Aloysius College in Adelaide.

Gilles St Primary, Prospect Primary, Goodwood Primary, St John’s Lutheran School as well as Unley High, Norwood Morialta High, St Aloysius College and Heathfield High students are loving the cycling craze that hits Adelaide each summer.

“Heathfield High in particular pulled out all the stops to make Stirling look fantastic,” said Bike Art Adelaide Co-ordinator, Fay Patterson.

Burnside’s Pepper Street Gallery has been running holiday bike art workshops and colourful knitting from the ladies of the Country Women’s Association and crochet from the Lobethal Progress Association will grace Adelaide’s streets.  Even pre-school children in Unley and the Adelaide Hills have gotten involved, showing that you don’t have to ride a bike to enjoy bike art.

Adelaide’s cycling enthusiasts, school children, the elderly, professional artists and community groups have generously donated their time, expertise and resources to show the world that cycling isn’t all about racing and lycra.

“While we love the race, Bike Art Adelaide is all about the fun side of cycling. Bike Art Adelaide is a quirky take on all things bike – we want to show the world that this is a city that loves cycling in a way that goes beyond racing and wants to celebrate that,” said Bike Art Adelaide Co-ordinator, Fay Patterson.

Interviews available with:

  • Bike Art Adelaide Co-ordinator, Fay Patterson
  • Tandem Exhibition Co-ordinator, Tegan Hale
  • Bike Art Classic Exhibition Co-ordinator and artist, Theofunya
  • Participating schools – contact Fay Patterson for details
  • Photo opportunities available.

Contact:          Catherine Zengerer 0400 302 062 or catherine@uncannymedia.com.au

Bike Art Adelaide at baa@hubtt.com.au or call Fay Patterson on 0409 284 165

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