Once it’s broken, it’s trash, right? Well, not if you have enough scrapped pieces to turn into sculptures. My local bike shop saves their broken components for me, and I turn them into art. Visit Pacific Bicycle Company in Sammamish, WA to see some of the sculptures face-to-face.
Old ONZA brake calipers make amazingly adjustable legs. His body is the swingarm from some full suspension bike. His arms are from mechanical disk brake calipers.
I saw a broken SRAM derailleur and immediately envisioned this whole sculpture. The hard part is making everything stick together – you’ll notice that there are no welds – everything is bolted or clamped.
This was my first and last commission piece. I’m too attached to these things after I’ve made them to then go around selling them. Also, I can’t work to a timescale because I have to wait for animals to suggest themselves from the broken components I have. I fell in love with this guy even though I knew he was going to a different home when I started him.
Sticking with the bike metaphor, this dragon’s jaws, head, wings and tail are controlled by brake levers and gear shifters attached to a mini-handlebar on his stand. He sits on the counter in a bike shop and the staff can animate him for customers’ entertainment.