Ever felt like you weren’t getting the props you deserve for riding your bike everyday and not spewing toxic, climate-change inducing exhaust into the air? An artist from Bend wants to fix that.
Bill Cravis is an assistant professor in the Fine Art and Communications Department at Central Oregon Community College and his latest art project aims to show how, “bicyclists are today’s heroes – contemporary mavericks who play an active role in reducing the threat of global climate change.”
To make his point, Cravis will set up a photo shoot in the South Park Blocks in front of the Portland Art Museum on October 24th. If you show up, you’ll be asked to climb up onto a miniature plinth with your bike and become a “living statue”. Artist Paula Bullwinklel will then photograph you right next to the bronze statue that depicts Theodore Roosevelt as a Rough Rider.
All the images will be uploaded to a website and will be available to download for free. Each image will also have a quote from the subject that “relates to his/her use of a bicycle in Portland.”
The event is a benefit for and collaboration between Caldera, an arts non-profit that helps youth with limited opportunites and Fallen Fruit of Portland, a group of artists who use fruit to examine concepts of place, history, and public space.
— For more information about this event, download the flyer (PDF).
— Jonathan Maus