Bikes Make Dresden

Dresden, the capital of German state Saxony, is a bike-friendly place: flat, with efficient infrastructure. Locals are making good use of it, and so the bikes form an integral part of the city's vital culture.

"Bikes Make Dresden" is an installation artwork that portrays the cycling contribution to the city in a literal sense: It represents the downtown map of Dresden entirely out of locally sourced used bicycle tires. Different tire widths corresponds with the streets' hierarchy, and the river that flows through Dresden, Elbe, is marked by an exposed blue puncture-protecting belt.

100x130 cm (c .40x51 in)

Roughly 1:2000 map scale

Rubber, 2018

The "Bikes Make Dresden" was created during the 21st International Dresden Summer Academy for Visual Arts and it was subsequently exhibited in the Motorenhalle Gallery, Dresden, 4-18. August 2018.

follow up:

The artwork was acquired by a local bicycle store, has been used to promote the 22nd installment of the Dresden Summer Academy, and featured during the EGU22 General Assembly (Austria Center Vienna, AT, 23–27 May 2022) and the AGU22 Fall Meeting ArtScience Exhibit (McCormick Place, Chicago, US + online, 12-16 Dec 2022).