New York City bike share : The new taxi
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.
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?