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Rochdale Canal Festival is 91 locks, 50 free events, 32 miles, 9 days celebrating the best of canal culture.

Salvage Junk Sculpture and Oldham Art Bikes will be involved in the festival and we are running two free workshops to create a sculptural dome and junk garden from bike parts.

There will also be chance to see the bird and fish sculptures up close at Failsworth Library on the 23rd & 24th (and possibly have a go pedaling them) at Grassroots on Saturday 25th.

We’re also leading the Shuttle Relay Stage 7 on Friday 24th if you fancy joining us for a fun short art-bike ride and there’s plenty of other stuff to get involved with during the week.

Click on an image below for more details and hope to see you there…

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As the deadline of the Illuminate event approached it was time to test and tweak the sculptures.

We added the drive bike to the bird using some ‘dropouts’ made from scrap steel plate and old angle iron shelving. Time to test the bird and it proved too big for the poly tunnel so we moved it outside to continue work– the weather was changeable so we worked under a slightly too small gazebo for some of the day.

 

The bird wings proved too heavy and kept throwing the chain from the gear as they ‘pushed’ the chain forward ahead of the pedal. This was remedied by the addition of a number of ‘muscles’ made from old inner tubes, strategically placed these ‘muscles’ countered the downwards force of the wings and allowed an even resistance to the pedals allowing control of the speed of the rotation and flapping more easily.

Everyone was thrilled that the bird worked. The flapping motion had a real bird like quality and everyone enjoyed pedaling and making amusing ‘caw-cow’ noises…


The Bird Moves a video by arbarus on Flickr.

ILLUMINATE is the first event the ‘Salvage!’ sculptures will be exhibited at. The event is on the evening of Sat 14th April along the Rochdale Canal in Failsworth.

It’s free and great for all ages and offers the chance to see the fantastic ‘Salvage!’ sculptures and chat to the artists who created them.

Hope to see you there!

Illuminate - a festival of fire and water