A range of bespoke cycle stands installed as a public art feature along Caledonian Road, London.
Inspired by the history of animals associated with ‘The Cally’ and items of discarded furniture found left by the kerb. A variety of different leg types emerge uncannily from the tubular form of a cycle stand. Subtle mutations and slippages between forms more often associated with digital space are solidified and embodied within this familiar everyday object, whilst also providing a useful addition to the street’s public realm cycling infrastructure.
Painted in RAL 9005 black and positioned anonymously amongst other pre-existing stands, these unusual hybrids including a Cabriole table leg, a Greyhound dog’s leg and a fluted chair leg, create subtle and surprising visual glitches through their appearance, disrupting the standard repetition of the street’s ‘furniture’.
Following a series of public consultation events held in 2015. The chimeric cycle stands were produced using a combination of advanced digital CAD fabrication techniques and traditional foundry cast iron craftsmanship.
Caledonian Road, Islington, London