Note to Self:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Public Art...Wheel Sculpture and Yarn Bomb (updated)


On my way to work the other day I noticed two artists assembling the above piece. It's on the corner of Allen and Franklin and would have caught my eye anyhow but because it was being built out of bicycle wheels I stopped and talked to them (figures, one of the few times I forgot my camera...I would have liked to have their picture next to their art). The wheels, they told me, were donated by Rick Cycle Shop, which is located across the street. They also mentioned that it would be up all summer for the many outdoor events our city hosts (click here for a sample listing). 

Then on my way to work this morning I couldn't help but notice the below yarn bomb on a couple bicycle racks on the opposite corner. Given their rainbow colors I'm assuming they were placed here in honor of the Pride Parade yesterday. 

I mentioned to the bicycle wheel artists that I would post a photo of their art on my blog and told them how to find it...not sure if they are reading this (or if the yarn bombers are either), but I'd just like to say thank you. Thank you for making a beautiful city just a little more beautiful with your free outdoor art.

Update....
A reader commented on this post offering information on the artist and the sponser for the wheel art pictured above; I like to give credit when I can. Anyhow, I cut-and-past the following from the comment form (the links were added by me):

"The bicycle wheel sculpture was commissioned by the Greater Allentown First Fridays. Buffalo State art professor Jozef Bajus created the piece with the help of his students. There is also another piece at Quaker Bonnet up the street." 



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm reading it! Got the link to your blog through Facebook, via a yarn-bombing friend!
Very cool site! I'll visit again- bookmarked.

Joe said...

Anonymous...thanks for visiting. Though I don't knit myself I love yarn bombing! Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joe!

First off, Wonderful Blog! I know I will be keeping an eye on it from now on.

There were such wonderful pieces of art outside this past week in Allentown. Buffalo truly is the love of my life and I am so proud to call it my home. It has given me so much aesthetically, culturally, as a community, I could gush forever (don't worry. I won't!)

I don't think I will be going out *too far* on a limb to say that there is much more to come from the yarny community in Buffalo! Your kind words serve as inspiration and though I can't speak for everyone I will speak for myself (and I'm sure some, if not all, feel similar on some level): knowing that something I can do is enjoyed by **anyone** out there is more than enough reason to do it.

Thank you again for taking time out of your day to share so much on this page!!!!
OH!!!! I couldn't help but clicking on your tag for yarn bomb to see if it was an external link or what and was shocked to see this piece again!!! I forget about projects I do sometimes and if I do remember them I barely ever photograph. Neat!!! Thank you for the inspiring words then as well!! :D

Anonymous said...

The bicycle wheel sculpture was commissioned by the Greater Allentown First Fridays. Buffalo State art professor Jozef Bajus created the piece with the help of his students. There is also another piece at Quaker Bonnet up the street. Thanks for the post!

Joe said...

Anonymous (x2?),

Thanks for four kind words and for reading my blog...and also for the info on the artist (I'll update the post...I like to give credit).

And to all the yarn-bombers out there...please keep dropping your "bombs"...they are beautiful and I'm sure I'm not the only one they make smile. :)