Sean Kenney: Art with LEGO bricks
Bike Share Triumphs Taxis     ‹ Back to portfolio
New-york-city-bike-share-the-new-taxi LEGO art by Sean Kenney
36" x 13" x 24"        5,606 LEGO elements.        Completed February 1, 2015

New York City bike share : The new taxi

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I was invited to contribute a piece to an art show that will be touring Australia.  The show organizer is collecting transportation-themed works from around the world and had asked me to contribute a piece that showed an iconic mode of transportation from my home, New York City.

I was first asked to build a classic New York yellow cab, but as a livable streets advocate I have been very excited about New York’s new CitiBike bike share program.  Since bike share is the functional equivalent of taking a taxi, I opted to do this instead: a beautiful new bike triumphing over the clogged masses of taxi traffic.

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This piece serves as a bit of a visual pun on my own past work, staged identically to my piece Bicycle Triumphs Traffic.  The message is the same: riding bike share is a triumph over taking a taxi.  It’s cleaner, greener, healthier, faster, less expensive, more enjoyable, and all around better.  And wouldn’t you rather hear a bike bell than a car horn?

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