Sculptor Scott Eady at the Dunedin School of Art yesterday.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
One person's rubbish is another's treasure.
A trip to a rubbish-dump recycle shop to find bicycles for
his children has led to an art exhibition in South Korea for
Dunedin School of Art sculpture lecturer Scott Eady.
The 2002 University of Otago Frances Hodgkins Fellow spent
four years sourcing 100 bikes from rubbish dumps for his "100
Each bike was restored and repainted, before being rebranded
with a "100 Bikes Project" badge.
"It was important to me that they were desirable objects, but
I also wanted to be respectful of how they performed," he
An important component of the installation is that children
are encouraged to ride around on the bikes in the gallery
space, thereby activating and completing the artwork through
their participation, he said.
Eady exhibited "100 Bikes: Part 1" at the Dowse Art Museum in
Lower Hutt from October to February, where it was viewed by a
curator of South Korean exhibition the Gwangju Biennale.
"About 30 kids actually learned how to ride a bike at that
"100 Bikes: Part 2" will be exhibited - and ridden - at the
Gwangju Biennale from September 6 to November 11.
Eady plans to take partner Melanie and children Ari (10),
Esra and Amelia (both 8) to South Korea for the exhibition,
and has produced a limited rage of "100 Bikes Project" prints
to finance the trip, which can be viewed at I Love Paris in
the Golden Centre.