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The Race

Kurt Swanson's avatar Kurt Swanson

"The Race" consists of three bicycles made completely out of wood and a 1970’s photo of the artist; racing each other and racing into the future. Many types of wood were used in this project including, oak, ash, mahogany, aspen, maple and bamboo. It has presented me with some very unique challenges in building and constructing this project; sometimes frustrating, sometimes very rewarding. Several wood pieces were stained, carved, shaped, while others were steamed and bent into tortured shapes. When discerning the message to communicate in this art piece, I considered the importance of my first bike. It was my first taste of freedom, my gateway to independence. It was basic transportation and every kid in my neighborhood had one. Rides to our childhood destinations frequently ended up in informal races to an imaginary finish line and in the same way we were hurrying to an unknown future. Had we known what that would hold for each of us, would we have been in such a rush to grow up?

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 48 inches
  • Medium: wood
  • Width: 108 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 60 inches