Circus Bike

My entry to the International Bicycle Design Competition (IBCD) was a set of trick bikes. That were impossible to ride. The competition privileges good designs and I was keen to see if there was an alternative narrative possible within design – one that was purely intellectual and served the purpose of reflection upon the merely utilitarian and consumption focussed. They were either very bad designs or very confronting designs – defying tacit knowledge and acquired skills. I imagined that with practice the acrobat would be able to master these contraptions and stay upright for varying lengths of time.

The proposition was that these bikes were able to be manufactured. They would in addition permit a performance and a test of human capability. Experimental in the true sense then.

Year: 2007

Acknowledgement: Mark Whiting, Liam Fennessy