Re: [CR]Art & Bicycles

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Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2006 19:15:51 -0800
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Art & Bicycles
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Nick Zatezalo wrote:
> When/Why did you begin to look upon a bicycle as art?
> What am I missing, I have yet to see them as art?
> Nick Zatezalo
> Atlanta,Ga

I think art is too strong a word Nick, although I have seen bicycles viewed as fine art over the years... Antonio Columbo (owns Cinelli, 3ttt etc) has commissioned many fine artists to interpret the bike (hint, most were unrideable.)

But bicycles could certainly be viewed as industrial art and if you are aware of some of the different art movements... Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Streamline/Moderne, Post-Modern, Dada etc. you can see some of those influences in the design of the lugwork, parts and graphics of the bicycle.

Anyone else...

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California

"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart." --Iris Murdoch