Unique BMX art exhibition rides into town

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WHAT happens when you mix yarn, barbecues, beanies, and bikes together? You get the wackiest, most creative pieces of art you’ve likely ever seen, that’s what.

Greater Shepparton City Council has wheeled in ‘Art Bikes’ to Maude Street Mall, a temporary art installation to coincide with the BMX Australia National Championships, held here this week.

Council raided the Shepparton Recovery Resource Centre for old BMX and cruiser bikes, encouraging artists and community groups to transform them into absolute works of art. There’s a bat bike, an Aussie barbecue bike, even a bike made entirely of beanies; the exhibition is fun, creative and definitely worth seeing. ‘Art Bike’ contributions were made by local artist Tank, sewing group The Glad Rappers, and students from St Anne’s College.

Local artist Carolyne McRae, along with The Glad Rappers, put together a colourful masterpiece using yarn and a variety of sewing techniques in only five weeks! That may seem like a decent amount of time, but when you have a look at the amount of intricate detail that’s been stitched into this piece, it’s actually quite hard to believe.

“The Glad Rappers are located all over the country and have done pieces in Melbourne and Sydney, so it was really nice to be able to do something in my area this time!” McRae said.

Thanks to Greater Shepparton City Council and My Ride Shepparton, residents and visitors will have the chance to win a bike valued at $350 by simply snapping their photo alongside an ‘Art Bike’ and posting it to social media. To be eligible to win, you must tag @BMXAustralia and include the hashtags #VisitShepparton #ArtBikes and #ManyGreatThings.

After a short pitstop in the CBD, the bikes will race to the Shepparton Motor Museum, where they can be viewed as part of the Australian BMX Museum’s temporary exhibition from May 2019 until January 2020.