Earlier this year Sram handed 46 artists 100 of bike bits and told them to go away and create a work of art – now the stunning results of the Sram pART Project are being auctioned to raise money for World Bicycle Relief.
Fancy bidding for a piece? Head to http://donations.ebay.com/charity/charity.jsp?NP_ID=23476 or visit www.sram.com/partproject/ to find out more about each item.
Just about everything in Sram’s components catalogue has been used, from fork stanchions to chainrings, and sprockets to seatposts. Some of our favourite pieces are shown below…
The World Bicycle Relief serves people in underdeveloped regions of the world who suffer from lack of access to health care, education, and economic opportunity. With a bicycle you can travel up to four times farther, so you can get to a doctor, to school, or to work faster and more safely.
Artist: Lewis Tardy
Statement: The theme of this piece was motivated by the mission of World Bicycle Relief. Two concepts I wanted to express are empowerment and mobility. The physical parameters set for the SRAM competition helped to guide my creative thought process on the possibilities for this sculpture. Working within my established style and technique, which involves, responding to the available materials, cutting and assembling various parts to fit my vision, I was inspired to create a competition inline skater.
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Artist: Kendall Polster
Statement: I WELD JUNK.
Artist: Rory Burke
Statement: I live in a mechanized world faced with the ethical issues of cloning, globalization, war, identity and legacy. I use the figure (more specifically the head/bust) because it can directly reference the human condition. And when it comes to the human condition, mortality is the great equalizer. As humans, we are all destined to surrender to our own mortality. Our legacy is our identity over time; it is what lasts.
Artist: Jesse Meyer
Statement: The bicycle was developed to aid us in one of our most basic needs, a way to move efficiently from one place to the next. Henceforth the purpose of their benefit, SRAM’S parts are often affiliated with athleticism and racing, and are developed for the purpose of increasing the bicycle’s efficiency and performance. Since the bike is often thought of as an extension of the human body, and the body remains our most basic means of transportation, I thought to apply SRAM’s performance parts to an athletic human form, posed to launch into a race. Thanks to SRAM for your efforts towards and important and meaningful cause.
Artist: Steve Radtke
Statement: I knew what my box of parts was going to become. The main “frame” pieces of my motorcycle jumped out at me immediately. The top fork piece as a single-sided swingarm was too perfect to resist. As I worked, I stopped seeing them as full-scale bike parts. My goal was to solve each design problem with the provided bike parts whenever possible. And with zero welding skill, I needed to use strategic assembly points to hold it all together firmly. Some details needed a custom solution, though. A small leather seat gives a proper perch. And a couple of cannibalized flashlights provide LED headlights powered by a hidden battery pack.