Saturday 2 July 11am – 5pm
The View Tube, Marshgate Lane, London E15 2PJ
Transport: Pudding Mill Lane DLR
This summer, internationally renowned artist Gavin Turk and 3D Industrial Designer Ben Wilson present 4H: a reinterpretation of the bicycle for a modern.
Wilson and Turk share a long-standing interest in the readymade and the bicycle in particular and have pushed the remarkable invention of the unicycle to an even more unusual conclusion. Built from four unicycles supported by an H-frame, Turk and Wilson’s collaboration turns the unicycle’s main feature as a solo act into a joint effort, inviting four riders to enjoy a collective biking experience along a stretch of east London’s unique foot and cycle path, The Greenway.
Inspired by the Romanian artist André Cadere, a key figure of Minimalist and Conceptual art, Turk and Wilson have clad 4H’s frame with multi-coloured wooden segments bringing a celebratory feel to the bicycle with fetes and festivals in mind.
4H highlights the need for more thoughtful, sustainable and pleasurable ways to travel and will be previewed at the View Tube on Wednesday 29 June, it will be available to ride by the public on 2 July.
4H has been commissioned as part of ‘Bicycle Wheel’: a series of artist’s commissions taking place over three weekends in July 2011 as part of the View Tube Art Programme. Conceived by curator Alice Sharp of Invisible Dust, ‘Bicycle Wheel’ takes inspiration from Marcel Duchamp’s first ready-made Bicycle Wheel (1913) and aims to raise environmental debate and encourage cycling through art by people in east London. Further details on ‘Bicycle Wheel’ and other artists involved can be found on the View Tube website.