Urban Antlers, Blog # 5

by Gilbert VandenHeuvel


  As a woman walked past one of our trade show booths she said, just out of the blue, "those are urban antlers."  The name stuck.  

The origins of the design comes from the artist Picasso. One of his found objects arts pieces was a bicycle saddle and handle bar.  Fittingly he called it Bull's Head.  here is the link to see it:  http://www.pablopicasso.org/bull-head.jsp

The Recycler's line of Urban Antlers have been steadily growing.  

It started with three different saddle types with varied handle bars.

"Water Buffalo" is an example how different combinations of saddle type and handle bars can make different looking animals.

"Water Buffalo" is an example how different combinations of saddle type and handle bars can make different looking animals.

Twisted handle bars from a beach cruiser matched with a used leather saddle.

Twisted handle bars from a beach cruiser matched with a used leather saddle.

A modern racing saddle paired with curvy handle bars to create it own style.

A modern racing saddle paired with curvy handle bars to create it own style.

These designs have been very well received over the years but continuing this successful  theme is always possible.

A totally new look comes about with a multi coloured retro saddle and upturned handle bars.  It didn't look right without the grips.

A totally new look comes about with a multi coloured retro saddle and upturned handle bars.  It didn't look right without the grips.



Less can be more.  A handle bar mounted on a taxidermy plaque is eloquently simple.

Less can be more.  A handle bar mounted on a taxidermy plaque is eloquently simple.


Blog #4

by Gilbert VandenHeuvel


It's totally not been weekly but that doesn't mean the designing has stopped.  It just means I've not been blogging about them.

 Bad me.

But lets look forward not back.  

It's been suggested that while the very industrial looking metal art is great, softening up the designs with other materials might not be a bad idea.  

I hear you.

Wood seems like a good material to add to the bicycle steal and rubber.  Wood from pallets of course.  I'm the recycler remember.

 

Inner tube top that flips over for hard serving surface with pallet wood base


Blog # 3

by Gilbert VandenHeuvel


A line of lighting made from bicycle parts has been in the works for the last little while. This is a piece that's on the design table.  It uses bike aluminum rims and strips of inner tube to make a interesting light to hang above your table. Any suggestions on how to make this bicycle art light go from good to great?
The 2nd picture is the light that was my inspiration.  Just after visiting a museum in Charlotte, NC I saw an interesting light in a down town restaurant.  Seeing items that could be remade using bicycle parts often happens to me.   


Blog # 2, March 22, 15, Gilbert VandenHeuvel

by Gilbert VandenHeuvel


Blog # 2.  Another week has past and another design has happened.  There are a number of ways new designs come to me.  For this one, I asked a friend of mine, Michael F., who has been involved in the furniture industry for 30 plus years, "what piece of furniture is the market short of"?   His reply, "nesting tables, there is never enough choice on nesting tables"

.  With that bit of information, I went back to my shop and created a nesting table.  It took a few attempts, but I think this design will fit in the line of tables from The Recycler.  The tables will be powder coat painted silver for that bicycle look.  Maybe I'll put a highlight colour on a sprocket or two, just for dramatic effect.

 Is there are changes or additions you'd like to see?   I was thinking or wrapping inner tube or bike tires around the smaller tables to make them more Column  like, or will that be too much? 

Don't worry, the red on the floor is just paint.  

Nesting Table will be part of The Recycler's line up at High Point Market, spring 2015.  


My First Blog Page

by Gilbert VandenHeuvel


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"Everything has a beginning."  Some one famous must have said that somewhere along the line.

This is my blog beginning.  So it seems fitting that I show a picture of my earliest piece.  

The Recycler has humble roots, but bicycle art has to start somewhere.  

Have a good one. 

Gilbert, The Recycler

  

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