Reclaimed Bicycle Repurposed As Outdoor Fountain in Public Art Installation
August 22, 2013 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
When an abandoned rusted bicycle had outlived its usefulness as trustworthy transportation, American born and Berlin-based artist, Brad Downey, mounted it on an equally rusty bike rack then transformed it into a working fountain.
With an established a reputation for public space art installations using found objects, Downey gives to meaning to the term “upcycled” by repurposing the bike into a water fountain which recirculates the water from a nearby canal through the handlebars then spouts it back into the canal.
Part of a public art project in Klagenfurt, Austria, Fountain is a land art installation created out of what might have otherwise been considered a piece of trash. Reminiscent in concept to Dada artist Marcel Duchamps’s 1917 porcelain urinal also called Fountain, Downey’s “art intervention” also questions the inherent purpose of an object by re-presenting it in an unconventional setting or manner.
Fountain was on view in Austria until August 12 but has now moved to Basel, Switzerland for Skultur II, where it joins a group of over 20 contemporary artists in the city’s Schützenmattpark in a display of “a new form of expression and an unexpected visual language” to be experienced until November 3, 2013.
Images via Gerhard Maurer / Lendhauer
Hat tip to PSFK and DesignBoom.