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 which takes this phenomenon literally, representing the downtown map of Dresden entirely out of bicycle tires.

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, as a part of the installation workshop led by Şakir Gökçebağ. It was exhibited in the Motorenhalle Gallery, Dresden, 4-18. August 2018.

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The piece is based on a tourist map of the city centre, which is then scaled up. The streets are made out of different tires with according width to match the streets' hierarchy; the river that flows through Dresden, Elbe, is marked by an exposed blue puncture-protecting belt. The tires are glued together, with reinforced connections to maintain rigidity. 

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The artwork was acquisited by a local bycicle store, and has been used to promote the 22nd installment of the Dresden Summer Academy.