Thursday, July 30, 2009

My bike recognizes a kindred spirit at B. B. Clarke

My Bike Recognizes a Kindred Spirit
Every time we take a break on a bike ride to the East Side at B. B. Clarke Beach, my bike gravitates toward this bench, as if it recognizes a kindred spirit. If you view large on black I think you'll see why.

I think it's one of the coolest works of public art in Madison, both beautiful and utilitarian, a great place to sit and look out at Lake Monona. It's one of five benches by Madison artist Erika Koivunen, who studied with Tom Every (Dr. Evermore) and worked with him on the giant bird sculptures on South Patterson, Dreamkeepers. Even the wood is local. It came from nearby oaks that had to be cut down in Orton Park. Herspiral has a nice set on Flickr of photos of Erika's work.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful discovery! Thanks for sharing -- and for all the related links in your post.

The World According to St. Lulu said...

Love this piece too. I just went to a meeting at Wilmar about public art in that neighborhood. I think we are going to see that neighborhood bust out some wonderful pieces in the next couple of years.

froggyprager said...

I had not been there in a while and saw the cool benches the other day. I love them. they are pretty comfortable and I also love that beach / park. Too bad it is closed so much.

Dr Bud "Beep Beep" Diablo said...

This photo has a "riderless horse" memorial quality. In fact, these lines, adapted from "The Vacant Chair," sprang immediately to my mind when I viewed it.

"We shall miss him, we shall miss him,
There will be one vacant Schwinn.
With his helmet low on forehead and the strap beneath his chin,
Doth the much lamented cyclist pedal through our memory,
And the horn upon the handlebars honks in Eternity."

Hopefully, the picture merely captures a mood, and the bike's owner survived to put air in that left rear tire.