The blue box recycling system for household waste first began in Kitchener Ontario Canada. That's where I live. As a result I've been familiar with the practice and the discussion of local waste recycling since 1983. My current landlord is an avid recycler. He likes to find uses for many items which are not accepted in blue boxes. He has built many sheds and landscape features almost entirely from well used materials disposed of by others.
Back in the winter I had some paintings on display in Toronto and got a chance to meet many cycling enthusiasts. One of them, Kevin, contacted me with a recycling request. He told me that he had a number of Zipp 404 carbon wheels which had been used to the end of their lifespan. He couldn't bring himself to throw them out and wondered if I could turn them into some sort of sculpture. I spent some time looking at the wheels, then sketched a bunch of ideas and built a few models from which he chose his favorites. I'll take you through the process of designing and sculpting over the next few weeks. Stay tuned...
Here's a quick look at the studio this morning where I'm currently working on some designs and paintings for Tim Farrar and all the the good folks who organize the Paris to Ancaster race. This is the 20th year of the race. I designed their original logo and t-shirts for the race twenty years ago (with pens and paper) and Tim thought it would be nice to have me do something special this year. Thanks Tim.
I'm enjoying the mild weather and the birds chirping in the morning. I'll post another update on this project soon...
If you are in the east end of Toronto and you are craving a coffee drink I recommend you drop by Mercury Espresso Bar at 915 Queen St. East.
Doug Tiller is the owner of this neighbourhood supplier of fine roasted cycling fuel. Apparently espresso is also very popular with non cyclists.
Back in the summer I ran into Doug at a bike race where he was cheering on a team that he sponsors. He invited me to head to the big city and hang some art on his walls. It has been great to visit Toronto and to meet other cyclists, swap stories about riding and get new inspiration for my images.