A moving leopard and light-up whale are among the artful bicycle-creatures you’ll spot at Art in Motion.

Jeremiah Toller

Imagine hopping onto the back of da Vinci’s portrait of Mona Lisa and cruising it down the streets of France or saddling up New York’s Charging Bull and riding it into Times Square. Although piggy-backing a piece of artwork and parading it through public venues might sound like a looney fantasy, the art students of South Mountain High School have made it a reality.

See their creations 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 30, when Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a free reception to open the exhibition “Art in Motion.”

While this exhibit is available for anyone’s amusement, SMoCA wanted to capture the attention of young adults and teens, and what better way than with bicycles?

That is why South Mountain students participating in SMoCA’s Young @ Art program took advantage of the 30 bicycles donated to their workshop and constructed pieces of art that could potentially be ridden around campus and appeal to students. Other features of the motion-themed exhibition are the collections of photography, charcoal and pencil artworks also made by students.

At the opening-night party, performers from the Circus School of Arizona will properly and playfully demonstrate the rideability of two art bikes, and there will be a fire breather and stilt walker. Along with the art bikes, there will be several pieces made solely out of bike parts.


What: “Art in Motion,” an exhibition of sculptures made from bicycle parts

When: Opening reception is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30; exhibition remains on display through April 20.

Where: The Young@Art Gallery inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.

Cost: Free admission

Information: (480) 874-4666 or SMoCA.org

• Cissy, a junior at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is an intern for GetOut. Contact her at (480) 898-6514 or tribintern@evtrib.com.

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