Aug 30, 2009

Gerhard Weiss and the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign

As the proud owner of a new bike I am totally with these guys and as my Trail Review schedule fills up I know it is going to be so much easier on 2 wheels. So .... for those of who are old enough to remember that infamous directive from Chingford..... ON YOUR BIKES!

1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2009 E17 Art Trail?
Our event will be doing two things. Firstly we want to provide a platform for anyone to show off their artistic skills. You are encouraged to not just bring your bike but to decorate it as wildly and outrageously as you like to enter our bike decorating competition. Our panel of judges will award prizes for the best entries. Secondly given the geography of the E17 Art Trail, it seems clear to us that the bicycle provides by far the best way to travel between the venues. Therefore we organise a couple of guided rides to demonstrate just how quick and easy it is to get around locally on a bike.

2. Could you have done this work anywhere, or is it specific to E17? Related to this, did you respond to this year’s Art Trail theme ‘At Home’?
Clearly our event is specific to the E17 area. Yes it could be done elsewhere, but we think that E17 is particularly conducive to cycling as the perfect way to make local journeys.

3. Have you participated in the E17 Art Trail before?

4. What challenges (if any) do you face in realising this work?
We hope to really encourage people to participate. It's no easy task to decorate a bike and ride it. It takes time, preparation and creativity and we hope people will rise to the challenge.

5. Who is this work for?
Nobody in particular.

6. What is your favourite place in E17?
I cannot speak for the group as whole, but I like the High Street not for what it is, but for what it potentially could be. A buzzing shopping area that is perfectly placed to combine environmental and economic sustainability and a pleasant place to be with your friends and family.

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