Video: "Penny-farthing" of bicycles in Sydney
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 05:58
According to Wikipedia, there are over a billion bicycles in the world today, making them the most popular form of transport. However, cyclists strive to attract more and more people to their ranks and often do it in a very original way. We have already written about obelisk of bicyclesintroduced in the United States. The initiative of the Americans was taken up by the residents of Sydney, having installed a sculpture of a huge "Penny Farthing".
The Penny Farthing is a popular bicycle model in the 1870s. Its distinguishing feature was the different size of the wheels: the front wheel is much larger than the rear, which is reflected in the name (a penny is larger than a farthing). The main feature of the "Penny Farthing", which appeared in Sydney, is that all its components are traditional bicycles of regular size. Sculptor Alasdair Nicol claims that he aimed to highlight the growing popularity of the cyclist movement and to highlight the fact that more bicycles than cars have been sold in Australia over the past year.
“The creation of the giant Penny Farthing is proof of the Sydney love for humble bicycles. Nowadays, more and more people are using this form of transport to get from point A to point B, resulting in a short journey, health promotion, environmental protection and unloading roads, commented the installation of the sculpture, the Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore MP …
It took 200 bicycles to create the 12-meter monument, dubbed "The Bike Bike". The sculpture was installed on September 23, but it is temporary and will be in place for only a month. But the most surprising thing is that after the Penny Farthing is dismantled, all bicycles will remain usable. As they say, not a single bicycle was damaged during the construction of the sculpture.
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