Monuments on Cycling
Of David Gerstein, Bengt-Göran Broström, Einar Utzon-Frank and others
Lalit Kala Akademy Still Photography
Bicycling is a part of growing up.
An ode or maybe a celebration of motor skills and locomotion that gives you freedom to roam and explore the world around you. The scratches and bruises a life long reminder to the process.
I captured some still images of a sculpture showcased by the Lalit Kala Akademy, the premier keeper of sculpture, art and culture in India. This image is of a bicycle rider sculpted by Narendar Singh in 2008 is titled “My Journey ” and is about 145×12.5×120 cms made of Iron and is painted in green strips of metal with scant flowers on the mud guards. That touch of flowers screamed a watered down “euphoria” of a David Gerstein creation. This metal sculpture by and Indian sculptor is a delight to look at and conveys the sense of freedom and motion that is the essence of what a bicycle represents. Job well done Mr Sculptor.
Here are a few alternates for the main image. The one in green below is the original. The red above is a mutation of the metal.
Bicycling is not only a form of travel but it is a part of human evolution and history. A stepping stone to the motorised 2 and 4 wheelers that came later. I was searching for some iconic sculptures to showcase the humble bicycle. My knowledge of art in general and sculpture in particular is rather limited. Nonetheless, a bit of research does throw up interesting public monuments. I hope that this selection showcases the great design elements thrown into them by their respective artist and highlights the charm of this bipedal part of human evolution.
Bengt-Göran Broström (1947-2004) has a public installation in Vasteras, Sweden to showcase the workers of Asea, a company that makes diverse electrical machinery and switchgears etc.
Another take of this very sculpture is here