Just some of the newest things coming out of Studio 33 this month: The TorpedoBike! This artBike was built out of plywood, stainless steel and fiberglass and was covered with aircraft grade aluminum. It was created to ride during city events to promote the Torpedo Factory Art Center and remind them of the cool things and great artists to be found there. The build process involved much unseen work like building custom jigs to cut circles and drilling a BUNCH of holes. Every rivet and screw needed at least two holes drilled through the aluminum sheets and often three depending on it’s location. Even the plywood rings were lightened by about 30% by drilling large holes in them wherever possible. If anyone needs a hole drilled -any size -any number, believe me, I’m an expert now.
Besides a truly awesome bike sent from the GreenSpeed Bike corporation in Australia as it’s core, it features headlights and tail lights, two access ports and a rear hatch that contains a working bubble machine. The two side access ports offer both access to the rear tire/gears, and also double as TFAA/TFAC brochure holders when vehicle is stopped. IMG_3736
The bubble machine ensured there were a pack of small kids chasing the TorpedoBike at all times playing in the wake of bubbles trailing behind. It made it’s debut Septemeber 14 at the King Street Art Festival. It was very well received. IMG_3754
A special Thank You goes out to all of those who volunteered to be part of “Team Torpedo” for the day: Pat, Marcel and Jacci. This project would not have been possible without the support of Mr. Jerome Hediger of GreenSpeed Bikes and of course The Alexandria Commisssion of the Arts for funding this project. I hope this is just the beginning of human-powered art in Alexandria! Also, As promised, a photo update: Bronze Gabriel (Above) This life sized St. Bernard, “Gabriel” shown above in bronze, was created using about thirty of the best photographs from a collection of several hundred supplied by the client. Gabriel is 39.75″ tall and weighed 175lbs in real life. This is the photo I promised last month which shows Gabriel installed in his new garden home.
And also new …Metal Coated Skulls!
Skulls are for sale here: www.realhumanskull.com
That’s not all! Even with several special commissions in progress, Studio 33 still offers a lot of other artwork to see!
Here are examples of two stainless steel pieces that were popular this month: “Rolling Wave” This 8-foot long stainless steel piece makes an impact! I made a new version of this piece which is on display in my studio. Forty-four Fish 41″Wide x 14″ High: To see more of my artwork please see previous month’s posts or look under the Projects and Sculpture buttons on the top of this post.