Wind in the Wheelos
Last year it was Wheelie Windy. This year the Village Bike people have done it again with another wonderful installation for the Swell Sculpture Festival.
This time it’s Wind in the Wheelos!
Out riding this morning, I detoured along the Currumbin beachfront for a preview of what’s on the canvas for this year’s festival. Each year, about fifty sculptures take up residence on Currumbin Beach and along its esplanade for a 10 day festival of inspiration.
But I wasn’t just randomly wandering. I was on a mission.
I’d heard a whisper there was an entry made of bicycle parts. Exhibit No.42 to be precise. I knew no more.
So I roamed my eyes as I rode along the esplanade, stretched them to the beach and then I saw it! Wind in the Wheelos spinning with the south-easterly breeze. The sculpture is made mostly from bicycles bits and usefully works as a weather vane. It’s a combination of engineering, creativity and a good dose of fun.
You see, if you look closely (if you can without getting dizzy 🙂 ) you’ll notice some small toys perched on the bicycle sculpture. If you know of the children’s novel ‘Wind in the Willows’, you’ll recognise them.
Word has it that Plush Toad, Mole and Badger flew in from the UK especially to appear on Wind in the Wheelos.
Here’s how it looks in action…
(‘Wind in the Willows’ was written by Kenneth Grahame and first published in 1908.)
Thanks to Rob Harcourt, Imagineer and Village Bike bloke, for his contribution to this story. Find out more about the inspiring work being done by Village Bike by clicking here.