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Mexican bike sculptures promote urban art, cycling

Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 - 01:30

Mexican artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro creates 122 bicycle sculptures to promote a more environmentally friendly New York City. Roselle Chen reports.

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An 82-year-old Mexican artist is hoping that 122 bicycle sculptures he's erected around New York City will get people on their bikes, spur an interest in urban art and create greener, healthier cities. Each steel sculpture by Gilberto Aceves Navarro weighs up to 1,200 pounds (550 kilos), is from six to eight feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) high and features large bicycles with smaller cyclists in different poses. The works installed along a 10-mile (16-km) bike route linking lower Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn and riverside promenades are part of the urban exhibit called "Las Bicicletas" that began on Tuesday (July 02) and runs to Sept. 30. SOUNDBITE: Gilberto Aceves Navarro, artist and creator of bicycle sculptures, saying (Spanish): "We don't need excess smoke or noise pollution from cars. By looking at these sculptures, it will remind people to think about being on bicycles and transporting themselves. You can create another rhythm of life that is better and more desirable." Aceves Navarro began drawing bicycles when he was just 6 years old. His work has been shown in more than 200 exhibits and his murals are featured in Mexico, Japan and the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to view the sculptures in New York at sites including the Manhattan Bridge and near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with its view of the New York skyline that has been captured in Hollywood films.

Mexican bike sculptures promote urban art, cycling

Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 - 01:30

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