“ReCycles” are art bicycles made from recycled items we use in everyday life. They are a new way of looking at pre-used items and junk; Imaginative, creative and best of all – Recycled! ~2018 Lineup~ GOAT CART Size: 8’ L x 3 1/2’ W You may have seen the Goat Cart at the Menagerie in Motion 2018 in Gainesville, FL. It’s made from three chopped bikes, two computer desks (parts), two Weber grill lids, one Brinkmann grill lid, chopped wine rack and wall decorations. The “goat” is actually a reconstructed (well loved) stuffed horse. ~LADYBUG~ Electric Tricycle Size: 3’ L x 2' W The Ladybug Trike is made from my nephew's old tricycle w/a modified frame (Thanks Theron!); a Weber grill; mixing bowl; measuring cups; salad fork; a rake; extra handle bars; pieces from a wine & clothing rack; and a chopped Razor. Everything used in the production of this trike was old/used (except the boat seat cushion). ~LITTLE LADYBUG CARRIER~ Size: 15” Round The Carrier is made from a small Weber grill and recycled baby stroller wheels. ~HELICOPTER~ Size: 10’ L x 3’ W x 6’ 6”H The helicopter is made from an all steel grocery cart (rescued from a dumpster); Razor scooter and parts; old snow skis; aluminum flashing; kitchen trashcan; cooking pot; and cookie tins. ~Royal Flush~ Racing Toilet Size: 3’ 6” L x 2’ 6” W “Royal Flush” is made from a kid’s Razor Crazy Cart; chicken feeder; chicken wire; small patio table frame; square Weber grill; spray foam; drywall mud; chopped Razor scooter; and a recycled toilet seat/lid.
Having been a public school teacher, I believe you should learn something new every year to challenge yourself. In 2013, my husband and I attended a weekend “Art Welding” class to try welding for the first time. While wandering through the scrap metal, I found two old bicycles and a table frame. It took me back to my childhood.
I grew up in a very small, cotton mill town in South Carolina where education was second to being a mill worker. My parents were not from the area and could see the social and economic issues. They always had an open door for anybody who needed help. While we were not a rich family by any means, my parents were millionaires when it came to compassion and creativity. My dad would collect old bikes and parts, put them together, and we would ride around town. Anybody could come to our house, get a bike and join in.
Little did I know, my parents used our daily bike rides as counseling-sessions-on-wheels for local kids. They taught me that, while exercise is part of physical health, communication is the key to total wellbeing. And being creative keeps it fun!
My ReCycle Art Bikes are an extension of that believe. I have added my own touch by recycling as much as possible into each piece. The more I can remove from the waste stream and reuse, the better off for the environment’s wellbeing too.
~ Eva Hoar-McDonald