I came upon this unpretentious sculpture on a sidewalk in the South Wedge, Brighton’s more urban neighbor. It made me think of the vulnerable presence of the bicycle in our communities. For example, the limited space we dedicate to cycling as an alternative means of transportation. It also made me think of bike vandalism and theft, and the lack of serious dedicated parking (covered, maybe?).
Do you think that the sculpture itself has been given proper space and consideration? Was it the artist’s intention to make a statement, or was it an act of unconscious exploration using parts that were lying around?
Sculptures, fountains, and other landmarks are considered vital to the urban fabric by city planners. They facilitate way-finding, provide meeting points, and become he subject of our shared commentary. This is called “triangulation” in planning circles: the artifact, external and impersonal, allows complete strangers to start up a conversation.