I was met with a pleasant surprise on my way to work yesterday. While pedaling into a chilling 20 mile per hour headwind I glanced up and saw this on the west side bike path in Manhattan at 52nd street -
At first I did not know what to make of it because when I see a mangled bike locked to a pole it normally is a ghost bike.
This one however had a flower pot nestled on top and quite obviously was not painted white.
As I walked around the bike I noticed that one of the locks securing it had a name and a date range.
Thanks to the power of Google I was able to identify the artist, Bernard Klevickas, within seconds. As it turns out this sculpture seems to make appearances in different locations for short periods of time as it is show on his web site in a different location. I assume this one will remain until March 6th.
This got me thinking because some long time readers might remember that I encountered this chalk art very near the same location - just about 100 meters actually from where the bike sculpture is now located (I threw in the meter reference to please our international audience - for Americans think of about 328 hot dogs lined up end-to-end).
And what is REALLY weird is that I witnessed both pieces of art on the exact same day, one year apart. I ran into the the chalk art on March 3, 2010 and the bike art was yesterday, March 3, 2011. Weird.
I also wonder how wise it is for Mr. Klevickas to brand his art. After all, the chalk artist got arrested once for his work - even though it will wash away. People of course lock their bikes all the time to poles in the city, but most people lock a mobile bike, not a mangled bike that is obviously not meant to be ridden.
What do you think readers? Is the bike art a cool idea or a crime punishible with a fine or jail time?
Also, if you have encountered bike art please feel free to contact us and we can post for all to enjoy.