2012 ArtPrize Entry
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I have made many small motorcycles throughout my years of welding, and was inspired to make a large one for Art Prize. I began working on this in January 2012 and completed it 2 months later working 10 and 12 hour days. I searched for a huge rear wheel to start, and found a scrap semi tire and rim. I then started making the frame using one and a half inch pipe which was sprinkler line. Next, I found an old electric motor which served as my crankcase. The handlebars are made from trampoline supports and the brake levers are an old set of channel locks. The rear tail light is a former iron and the head light is an old heater. It even comes with a battery made from discarded pipe fittings. After the bike was complete, it came time to make the skeleton. I wanted it detailed so I ordered a skeleton diagram from a doctor's office supply. The skeleton has trailer balls for arm and leg sockets, fingers made from rod, and the skull was heated and pounded by hand.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 14 ft.
  • Medium: Welded Metal Sculpture
  • Width: 5 ft.
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 8 ft.

Venue & Connection Information

This work is freestanding. I am able to deliver it to the venue but will need assistance of machinery to unload. I would prefer an outside venue as this is large and will need a lot of space. I have a candle that lights the head and will need someone to light this in the evening.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: Yes
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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