What if... a bunch of plants grew into the shape of a bicycle? This is an image I've wanted to create for years.
I'm a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, studying user experience and information design. I enjoy creating collage pieces because I can juxtapose many different ideas and images, discovering fascinating relationships and analogies in the process.
The images in this collage are beautiful old botanical drawings, all in the public domain. I "cut out" the images using Adobe Photoshop, a process that takes a considerable amount of time and patience. I then carefully layer the images over a reference image (in this case, a picture of my own bicycle) and add, subtract and reorder images until the composition feels just right.
I spent one summer working at a bike shop and reinvigorating a junky old cruiser bike. I fell in love the feeling of cycling, and the bicycle as a designed object. My current city of Davis, California, is also in love with cycling. Our city symbol is a highwheel bicycle, and so many people ride that I sometimes get the feeling of a mini Amsterdam!
This image is actually inspired in part by cyclist memorials I've seen on the side of the road. The memorials, which usually consist of painted bicycles and lots of flowers, were always beautiful to me. Over time, the accumulation of flowers on and around the bicycle create a dynamic and fluid sculpture, just like plants in a garden.
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