Photo by Steve McCurry.
A Flying Pidgeon! This appears to be a PA-06, with the double top tube.
Poster protesting the detention and arrest of artist Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei was recently arrested and accused of tax evasion. Speaking of his arrest, Nicholas Bequelin of Human Rights Watch said, “This is not a crackdown in the classic cycle of tightening and loosening. This is an effort by the government to redraw the lines of permissible expression in China, to restrict the most outspoken advocates of global values.”
Ai Weiwei has previously made artwork out of Chinese bicycles.
Photos from the Kheel Center.
“To ride a bicycle properly is very much like a love affair—chiefly it is a matter of faith. Believe you can do it and the thing is done; doubt, and for the life of you, you cannot.” —H.G. Wells, Wheels of Chance, 1896
Image from Flickr.
Photos from The Flowing Great Wall by Wang Wenlan.
Postman Blues is the story of Sawaki, a mailman who delivers letters on his red bicycle. One day he delivers mail to Noguchi, an old high school buddy turned yakuza, who has just cut off his pinky. Sawaki’s life takes a strange turn when Noguchi’s freshly severed pinky accidentally rolls off the table into his mailbag. This chance encounter leads to a chain of events involving overzealous policemen, a kindhearted hitman, and lots of madcap cycling.
The film is playing at the Japan Society this Friday, January 28, 7:30 PM as part of the series Run, Salaryman, Run! A Retrospective of Sabu’s Film Works.
I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
—Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.
In 2003, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei conjoined forty-two Forever brand bicycles into a circular sculpture. Manufactured in Shanghai since 1940, the Forever bicycle was an essential mode of transportation that has become an icon of the postrevolutionary era. Made of heavy steel, these utilitarian bicycles were meant to last forever.
The same cannot be said for Ai Weiwei’s studio in Shanghai, which was demolished Tuesday by Chinese authorities apparently as retribution for his outspoken criticism of government corruption and human rights abuses. He has come to see his conflict with the government as performance art. In November Ai held a farewell party serving a feast of river crab.
From the New York Times:
Dead Horse Bay sits at the western edge of a marshland once dotted by more than two dozen horse-rendering plants, fish oil factories and garbage incinerators. From the 1850′s until the 1930′s, the carcasses of dead horses and other animals from New York City streets were used to manufacture glue, fertilizer and other products at the site. The chopped-up, boiled bones were later dumped into the water. The squalid bay, then accessible only by boat, was reviled for the putrid fumes that hung overhead.
As the car industry grew, horse and buggies — thus horse carcasses — became scarce, and by the 1920s, there was only one rendering plant left.
This area used to be called Barren Island, when it was a separate island in Jamaica Bay. Barren Island was connected to the mainland of Brooklyn when landfill was used in 1926 to create Floyd Bennett Field, New York City’s first airport. Filled with trash by the 1930s, the trash heap was capped, only to have the cap burst in the 1950s and the trash spew forth onto the beach. Since then garbage has been leaking continually onto the beach and into the ocean from Dead Horse Bay.
The beach is accessible by bike, via the greenway on Flatbush Avenue on the way to Fort Tilden, as you pass Floyd Bennett Field but before reaching the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. The best time to go is at low tide.
You can find old bottles such as this Minck soda bottle, a soda apparently produced in Bushwick up until the 1960s.
Other old bits of garbage can be found, such as this fragment of horse bone for which Dead Horse Bay was named.