An interesting art exhibition going on now is “The Abandoned Bike Project” at The Greene Space art gallery. The exhibition is about the eponymous title. Numerous bikes and parts are chained in New York City. For us New Yorkers we find it a normal sight, but for tourist and other visiting people they find it as an eyesore.
A couple months ago WNYC told their listeners to map and photograph all the abandoned bikes that they saw in their neighborhood. This mission was very successful; the WNYC got more than 500 photos of rusted and dilapidated bicycles. The actual intention of making an online database of abandoned bikes in New York City was to find out how many abandoned bikes there was and to remove them. However, there’s weird loopholes making it difficult for the Department of Sanitation to remove them. A bike has to be completely rusted for it to be removed.
I love bicycles and find it quite depressing to see a bike abandoned. Usually when I see an abandoned bike I make observations like take notice of the brand and style of the bike. Bicycles that I have read about in vintage forums or in books I have came across to them at one point while waiting for the bus tied to a pole rusting always looking very sad .I highly recommend this exhibition for any bike lover in New York City to see.The exhibition is going on now till Tuesday September 4,2012