William Greensmith + Uula Jero + Hannah Brackston + Free Wheel North (cycling Charity)
This project operated as a series of creative workshops, responding to the possibility of combining cycling + salvaging + collective building. Rooted in the landscape of Glasgow our project set out to interact with materials we found abandoned on pavements, in the skips of building sites and a range of waste or by-products from local industries and business’s. The project was about a collaborative re-invention of these rough beginnings that provokes an imaginative approach to the form of a bicycle. The outcomes aimed to promote cycle awareness through the visibility and intrigue that these playful cycles offer and to suggest solutions for structures that facilitate the unique needs of cyclists with a variety of mobility differences. The works will also address the wider utility and potential of pedal power with in a motor congested city, illustrating the roles bikes can play in transport, social and environmental sustainability.
The project was delivered by William Greensmith, Uula Jero and Hannah Brackston and offered the possibility for volunteers to take an active role in both design development and hands on making. The project was specifically opened up to people engaged with mental health organisations throughout Glasgow and referrals through the NHS. Geographically the project aimed to utilize two workshop facilities, unit 7 in Govan and Boomerang in Maryhill, bringing the creations back to heart of Free Wheel North’s base at Glasgow Green, inviting service users to have some fun with what is made.
10 pallets, 6 Weeks, 5 people, 2 ad-bikes
The first project is out on the road and hard to miss. Free Wheel North own two ad-bikes which were vandalised. The indestructible frames were repaired leaving an exciting empty space between the back wheels. Together with two dedicated volunteers and stacks of salvaged pallets the team turned these into two new interactive structures. Bike one (‘The rhino’) now hosts a huge frame, fit for transporting almost anything you could imagine pedalling. Hook holes in the frame leave the possibility of advertising; enclosing and hanging while two secret compartments are concealed for extra storage in the wooden base. Bike two (‘The hairy Spider’) is a mobile stage/plat form, with plenty of advertising and storage space it can also be opened out and animated in public spaces for performance, music or a pop up event.
Free Wheel North http://www.freewheelnorth.org.uk/
William Greensmith http://glasgowwoodenbikeproject.wordpress.com/