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Artists Build Incredible Obelisk Out of Hundreds of Bicycles
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On July 1, 2012 @ 4:30 pm In Art,carousel showcase,gallery,Recycled Materials | 6 Comments
California  artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector recently constructed this incredible towering obelisk made entirely out of bikes  on a street corner in Santa Rosa. Dubbed Cyclisk , the monument is an ode to bike culture constructed from 340 bicycles and one tricycle.
The 10,000 pound, 65 foot-tall behemoth was, strangely enough, built with help from Nissan. Apparently, Santa Rosa’s “1% for art” law requires major construction projects to donate money to public art projects. Nissan  is building a dealership in the city, so it chose to contribute cash to the $37,000 piece of artwork.
Regardless of the project’s background, we’re happy to see old bike parts being put to good use. As Spector noted in a statement, “Collecting unusable parts from the debris piles of nonprofit community bike projects has proven to be a win-win; community bike DIY places are thrilled unusable parts are not becoming land fill and the City is psyched the sculpture will solidify Santa Rosa  as bike-friendly.”
Via Wired Gadget Lab 
Photos © Ilana Spector
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/bikeobelisk-ed01.jpg
 California: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/03/california-assembly-votes-to-ban-single-use-plastic-grocery-bags/
 bikes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/08/19/bike-shop-attracts-buyers-with-120-bikes-mounted-to-the-facade/
 Cyclisk: http://ci.santa-rosa.ca.us/departments/recreationandparks/programs/artsandculture/publicart/Pages/NissanPublicArt.aspx
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/artists-build-incredible-obelisk-out-of-hundreds-of-bicycles/img_2667/
 Nissan: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/07/13/renault-nissan-teams-up-with-bajaj-auto-on-ultra-efficient-3000-car/
 Santa Rosa: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/04/nasa-launches-15-million-dollar-green-flight-challenge/
 Wired Gadget Lab: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/09/bicycle-obelisk/?pid=209
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