As part of the ongoing art programme at Tower 42, ARTful are thrilled to be exhibiting sculptures made from recycled bicycle parts.

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As a sculptor Clare was looking for a new way of expressing her ideas. Then one day, looking up at the pods on the rotating wheel of the London Eye, she thought: pots on a cycle wheel? So began to use recycled bicycle wheels to express the ups and downs of life. She uses each recycled cycle wheel as a canvas to express movement, colour, shape, connections, and some are physically interactive.

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Many incorporate bicycle chains, brake lines, gear sprockets, hubs, spokes and other bicycle parts. These wheels have travelled the streets of London– who has owned them? Where have they been? What caused them to be abandoned? They have now been recycled, and given a new lease of life.

Clare took up sculpture at Morley College as a mature student. Much of her work expresses the issues of internal development, change, and renewal raised during her working life. Cycling, and recycling, express her belief in the need for sustainability of our planet. Each has at least one flaw, due to damage, or they would not have been discarded. Now their iconic shapes are being used to express the more difficult aspects of life or the fun and delight of living.

Clare’s work has a simplicity of shape and colour that attracts and captivates the viewer.

The sculptures will be on display at Tower 42 until May 2016 and can be viewed by appointment. For further enquiries on the pieces contact info@artful.org.uk.