Until recently, a large majority of my work would be considered by most as “static” art.
Although almost every piece I build has some sort of moving component to them, it is static in terms of its overall function. It sits on a desk or hangs on a wall.
To quote my Uncle Tom, “It doesn’t ‘do’ anything.” I love all my builds, I truly do, but I’ve been itching to try something new… to me.
This is absolutely not a new or unique idea, but one that has my curiosity.
A few months ago I was given the opportunity I had been looking for.
Dan Tebbs at Victory Velo Bike Shop in Auburn CA had some awesome new counters… slash bar…made for the shop. Amazing steel structures fabricated by Moore Iron and skinned in reclaimed wood with butcher-block tops. Dan was looking for creative, yet simple, lighting with a bicycle and reclaimed theme to hang above said counter.
In the great words of my good friend Tony, “Challenge accepted!”
After going over basic measurements and designs concepts with Dan, he left the rest of the creative process to me. I sourced a selection of reclaimed bike parts.
First, I found some chrome steel wheels in varying sizes. Also I had obtained vintage styled pendant light sockets and cloth-covered wire. To get the socket to connect to the lamp “shade” I found a bicycle disk brake rotor that it fit through. This rotor served as the starting point for the whole design.
Out from the rotor I welded a carefully selected arrangement of cogs
from a bicycle cassette. These cogs met up to a child size steel wheel, that of which they were welded.
Now that the main structure was sorted, it was time to add some size. I cut up several of the adult sized steel wheels into sections. These sections where then welded to the initial smaller wheel as downward supports. Lastly a larger rim was welded to bottom of the supports.
At this point I repeated the above steps and had two really rad chrome lampshades!
I wired up the pendant light sockets with the cloth wire and headed to the shop. I feel very fortunate that I was given the chance to help install these light fixtures. Seeing them come to life for the 1st time, was truly gratifying.
A huge thanks to Dan for the opportunity! Stop by the shop and check them out if you’re in the area.
Oh, and keep your eyes on this page, I’m already looking for that next found object art lighting project!