Pedaling Art to Help OthersBy ALLAN KOZINN
If you’ve ever thought that the graceful play of chains, gears, tubing and cables that make up a fine bicycle could – if arranged differently – be the basis of a contemporary art work, you are not alone: 84 artists – among them, Alex Bogusky, Jan Chenoweth, John Kowalczyk, Clare Murray Adams, Rebeca Trevino and Dan Price – have contributed pieces built of bicycle parts to the SRAM pART Project, an annual exhibition and auction that raises money to provide bicycles and build bicycle factories in developing countries.
The project is sponsored by Sram, a bicycle manufacturer, for the benefit ofWorld Bicycle Relief, which has distributed 116,000 bicycles in 12 African countries since 2005. The fund has also built five assembly sites and trained 800 mechanics in those countries, with the goal of improving access to health care, education and jobs.
The show and sale are on Nov. 29 at the Cedar Lake Theater, 547 West 26th Street, in Manhattan. Tickets are $268 – the cost of two bicycles – and are available here.