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.

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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

Another Opening …Another Show

ARTIST’S RECEPTION at THE FARM BISTRO

34 W Main Street, Cortez Colorado

Sunday June 2nd, 5 -6 pm

Greetings!

The Farm Bistro is hosting a reception for local artist Kathleen King on Sunday, June 2 from 5 – 6 pm. You are invited to join us for light refreshments, conversation with the artist, and an up close and personal look at some really fun art! Below is Kathleen’s bio, I hope you can attend!

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Kathleen King grew up in the sleepy coastal town of Pacific Beach, just north of San Diego, where she began her career as a public muralist in 1983.  The artist has designed, coordinated and executed over 75 murals for public, commercial and private spaces throughout the southwest over the past 30 years.  In addition, Ms. King has developed and conducted mural making programs for advanced art students in several inner city school districts.  The artist also has created an extensive body of work on canvas including privately commissioned pieces.

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As an avid cyclist it was only a matter of time before King’s love of the bike made it’s way onto her canvases and in 2008 the Bike Scribble was born.  Her distinctively stylized interpretation of the joy of bicycling has been embraced by the cycling community worldwide in murals, as book illustration, jewelry and apparel art, and logo design.  Many of King’s public projects have become local landmarks

In a widely diverse career, Kathleen King has worked in film, theater, television, event and media design.  Her work always has an eye and ear to the political, prescient and avant-garde with a wink and a nod for absurdity, whimsy and fun.

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A Perfect Gift for the Athlete who has Everything…

…Especially when you wouldn’t dream of choosing their gear.

Bike Scribble Portraits Immortalize Your Passion

Or Yoga Scribbles, Horse Scribbles, Karate Scribbles… I work from pictures of your loved one (or you), their specific bike, horse, or appropriate gear  and situate them in their favorite sporting environment.  It’s unique, it’s personal, tasteful and timeless.  More exclusive than jewelry – it’s fine art.

Here is an example: “Trail for Two”  – J. Valens and wife Kath riding in Monterey.  Her bike a symphony of blue, his the famed Bahati Graffiti Bike.  A joyful couple enjoying a gorgeous day on the bike.

"Trail for Two"

“Trail for Two”

All projects start at $1500.00, which is for a 24″ x 24″ to 26″ x 26″ canvas.  Other sizes and dimensions will be priced on an individual basis.  Orders must be placed by the first week in December to ensure delivery by Christmas.  Please email me with any questions at BikeScribble@gmail.com.  When you are ready I will consult with you by phone to begin the portrait process.  I look forward to working with you!

 

Other types of Scribble include but are not limited to:

Yoganaut

“Yoganaut”

"My Neigh-bor"

“My Neigh-bor”

"Martial Arts Art"

“Martial Arts Art”