The Bike Scribble is (Finally) 3D! A Bike Sculpture is Born!

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Two for the Trail

For many years friends and fans had been suggesting that the Bike Scribble form would make a great outdoor sculpture. But I am not a metalsmith and creating a 7.5′ x 7.5′ steel sculpture without somewhere to put it was not something one does “on spec”. As a renter who moves around the country about every 2-3 years to produce public art, I couldn’t very well install it in any of my landlords’ yards.

After the Greenville Track Club and Visit Greenville so graciously agreed to back “The Runner” sculpture along the Swamp Rabbit Trail the dream of a Bike Scribble sculpture inched closer to plausibility.

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That ‘Chalking the Street’ thing

As things seem to happen in an artist’s life the opportunity nearly ran me over one day when it was least expected. Back in April of 2016 I was chalking the street as I often do at the start/finish line of a bike race. This start/finish line belonged to the Volkswagon USA Cycling Pro Criterium National Championships in Greenville SC.

After dodging the various pre-race activities in the middle of the street to finish my chalk Scribble I gathered up my stuff, slipped through the barricades and headed toward my friends’ viewing spot along the rail. Suddenly, a older gentleman, Russ (obviously a cycling nut with the telltale ripped and shaved calves), ran up to me. “Miss! Excuse me! ( I stopped, like, ‘who? me?’) Are you the artist who created “The Runner” on the Swamp Rabbit Trail? Why yes, yes I am. “We would like you to do a bike sculpture for our home.”

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Russ inspecting the base of the sculpture to make sure it is level.

It turned out that this cyclist and his cycling wife – a cycling couple! – had recently retired to Greenville County from Chicago and were just beginning to customize their woodsy property. The gentleman turned out to have been an art librarian for major university libraries for over thirty years. When it comes to art appreciation an artist couldn’t dream for more.

Two for the Trail

It always starts with a drawing.

I went to see the site for the piece, which was, frankly ideal. A backdrop of enormous trees and garden areas lovingly landscaped and tended which hosted enormous butterflies would be a beautiful setting. We chatted about the clients’ interests and some options. I went home and drew up the design. They were thrilled. That doesn’t always happen on the first draft!

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Plasma cutter, wielded by David Butts, cuts out The Runner.

I contacted the plasma cutter David Butts and consulted with Ryan Calloway of Creative Ironworks and set the project in motion. Four months later “Two for the Trail” was installed to forever ride past the trees, flowers, butterflies and hummingbirds on Russ and his wife’s lawn, situated purposely in front of their breakfast nook. We all couldn’t be happier or more proud with how well this all turned out!

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All cut out on the floor of Creative Ironworks.

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The “body” section is primed

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Painting the wheels

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Masking tape mountain

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All done!

If you are interested in a custom Bike Scribble sculpture ( Bike Scribbl3D ) of your very own – any size from many feet outdoors to 18” on your desktop – please feel free to contact me: Bikescribble@gmail.com or call 970-403-4527

Bike Jerseys Support MORE ART on the Swamp Rabbit Trail!

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A lot has been happening here in Greenville SC and I have been falling behind on my blog posts.  Even now I am handicapped by my cat, Vincie who believes that the computer is getting too much attention and insists on sitting in my lap and partly on my laptop.

Among other things, I designed a bike jersey, based on the art from the mural at Swamp Rabbit Green:  “The Tortoise Has a Spare”.

Purchase of the jersey supports the installation of future works of art on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, both the GHS and city portions.  They are available in men’s and women’s sizes and can be obtained by clicking HERE.  You will see that the jerseys are adorned with the logos of the major sponsors of the mural.  A jersey will be designed for each work of art that is installed on the trail and will feature the sponsors as well.  If you would like to make a major donation to our next piece, please contact Kathleen King.   Many thanks to our current sponsors:  The Daniel-Mickel Foundation; Greenville County Rec; TTR Bikes; Bike Walk Greenville; and The Swamp Rabbit Inn.

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So, this is happening…

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Days may be numbered for ‘Finest City’ mural

Artist agrees to having it removed; management considers options

By James Chute 4:45 p.m.  June 23, 2014

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After 25 years, an iconic part of downtown art may come down. The mural depicting a newspaper in the year 2050 can be found off 6th avenue.

Anybody who has spent any time downtown has likely encountered the iconic mural on the former Arte Building at the corner of C St. and Sixth Ave.

The huge 100 feet by 70 feet artwork, with the letters in the banner outlining the words “America’s Finest City,” has peered over downtown since 1989, when developer Chris Mortenson commissioned it from artists Kathleen King and Paul Naton.

A hand with the pen is filling in the letters in the newspaper’s banner, which is dated 2050.

King, who now lives in Greenville, South Carolina, said she hoped the mural might make it until then.

But the building’s management, Cethron Properties, is considering its removal.

King said she received a letter a few months ago informing her she had 90 days to remove the artwork. Given its size and the expense that would be involved in removal, that proved impossible and she said Monday she signed a release waiving her rights to the mural.

“Even if I could remove it, where would I put it?” said King.

Robert Adatto, Cethron’s owner, said in an email Monday there were serious issues with the mural in terms of deterioration and flaking paint, and that some lead-based paint might be present as well. He said he was still deciding whether or not to take it down.

“Once I make the final decision on how to proceed, and if that decision is (as I’m leaning now), to remove the mural, it’s my intent to publish a notice with at least thirty days’ lead time … regarding that intent,” he said in the email. “That would afford any interested party the time and opportunity to contact me and ‘chime in’ with any concerns or alternatives before any irreversible action is taken.”

King, who was born in Pacific Beach, and Naton, who was her partner in the design firm, Raw Art, spent five months in late 1988 and early 1989 painting the cryptic mural.

“It’s supposed to be any newspaper,” King told the Los Angeles Times in 1989. “It’s saying the future is news. San Diego is writing its own news, its own future.”

King moved to Greenville to work on a public art project for Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail. Several of her public artworks remain in San Diego, including an extensive, high-profile work on the outside of the Golden Hill Recreation Center.

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