[CR]bikes are art or not art

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From: "Dennis Young" <mail@woodworkingboy.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006 21:56:24 +0900
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]bikes are art or not art

Why isn't it art when some of the makers are being artistic? They call chairs art now. You can't shift gears, but you can sit on them.

D. Young Great riding this time of year in Hotaka, Japan
> 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
> http://www.velo-retro.com
> "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
> .