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Monday, July 03, 2017

And Robots..

And now... Robots

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tree Cycle

Good to be reviving this blog, as it is a good record of my journey both creative and personal. And my love of bikes and puppets never really went away.
So I was invited by theatre company 'Big Telly' to engage in a social art project in the town of Dungiven nearby to Derry.
I was an open brief and I had idea's of roving shows inside inflatable donuts, but the idea that stuck was a tricycle combing with a tree that a storyteller could be supported from.

The first picture here is of the basic recumbant 'Python' design with a electric front wheel fitted

I lucked out with two identical BMX frames and found a go-cart seat in the local dump

There would be a integrated soundsystem in the tree, lighting, and doorways for potential puppetry.
After dismissing fibreglass as a cladding for the tree (too toxic for public involvement) I explored the idea of papermache covered in varnish, this seemed like it would be too flimsy and hard to completely water proof...






Good to be reviving this blog, as it is a good record of my journey both creative and personal. And my love of bikes and puppets never really went away.
So I was invited by theatre company 'Big Telly' to engage in a social art project in the town of Dungiven nearby to Derry.
I was an open brief and I had idea's of roving shows inside inflatable donuts, but the idea that stuck was a tricycle combing with a tree that a storyteller could be supported from.
There would be a integrated soundsystem in the tree, lighting, and doorways for potential puppetry.
After dismissing fibreglass as a cladding for the tree (too toxic for public involvement) I explored the idea of papermache covered in varnish, this seemed like it would be too flimsy and hard to completely water proof... Then I hit on an idea inspired by my grandad Wilf, who created his greenhouse by stapling flattened out 3 litre plastic bottles attached to a thin wooden frame. I would use plastic bottles riveted together, which would be accessible and safe for the general public to do, be totally waterproof, and create an interesting aesthetic of upcycled airplane skin.

 Then I hit on an idea inspired by my grandad Wilf, who created his greenhouse by stapling flattened out 3 litre plastic bottles attached to a thin wooden frame. I would use plastic bottles riveted together, which would be accessible and safe for the general public to do, be totally waterproof, and create an interesting aesthetic of upcycled airplane skin.


The finished design was a great success and surprisingly easy to ride, the 100w motor made it a joy and it wizzed up hills no problem, I had to keep the limiter on thou as at high speed the front wheel wobbled a little making the whole structure unstable. I look forward to building another one of these for my own personal use.