VAIL, Colorado - As host to numerous cycling events throughout the summer, including the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge with stages in Vail and Avon on Aug. 25 and 26, the town of Vail's Art in Public Places celebrates The Art of Motion this summer in Vail. With Vail's numerous miles of mountain-bike trails and paved cycling paths, biking is a vital part of the summer community. Vail has been recognized by The League of American Bicyclists as a "Bicycle Friendly Community."
"Capturing the velocity of a time-trial wheel as interpreted through sculpture, the beauty of simple curves and lines through paint and brush or the timelessness of vintage bicycles through a camera lens, we invite cycling and art enthusiasts alike to enjoy The Art of Motion," said Art in Public Places Coordinator Molly Eppard.
AIPP is collaborating with three Colorado artists to create this vision.
John Wenner is a sculptor, designer, fabricator, bike racer and bike maker. He is creating a large-scaled sculpture titled "Time Trial Wheel 001" for The Art of Motion. The sculpture will be on view in Vail Village at the intersection of E. Meadow Drive and Willow Bridge Road. It is welded steel and stands nearly 12 feet tall, with a rotating wheel inspired by the time-trial racers whom we will see compete in Vail later in August.
"I became a sculptor because I love to solve three-dimensional problems with many different types of material," Wenner said. "From concept to completion, I become immersed by the process of making and creating. From being a fabricator to sculptor and a bike racer, it just made sense to build my own bikes and also educate people how to build their own bike frames. It feels amazing to build and ride your own bicycle."
Wenner received his MFA in sculpture from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
Dustin Zentz's bicycle-themed painting titled "Chain Gang" is on view at the Vail Village Transportation Center. The large mural is oil on wood panel and measures 72 inches by 96 inches.
"Form, line, color, composition, movement and texture all are embodied in the bicycle, which makes it a great subject for a painting," Zentz said. Zentz has a studio in Red Cliff. He received his bachelor's in fine arts degree (painting) from the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Todd Van Fleet is a fine-art and commercial photographer known for his series of vintage bicycles. Van Fleet was invited to photograph his vintage bicycles throughout Vail for the exhibition. Enlarged images from this shoot will be on view outdoors in Vail later in August.
"I shoot vintage cruiser bikes in landscapes trying to capture the personality of each bike," Van Fleet said. "Cruiser bike photography is my folly. I am sure a lot of people say that, but hopefully you can feel the passion and emotion these two-wheeled beauties bring out in me. The same passion applies to everything I do, whether it's building my own cruisers or customizing them."
On Aug. 25 meet the artists at the Art in Public Places tents during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Wenner will demonstrate a live bike build during this time. You will also have the opportunity to purchase images and posters created for this exhibition at the tent. A portion of the proceeds will go towards funding future Art in Public Places programs.
For details and locations for The Art of Motion contact Art in Public Places Coordinator Molly Eppard at 970-479-2344 or visit artinvail.com.