Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mike Barry's Greg Curnoe bike

While progress been underway on my own Curnoe bike (updates soon), Mike Barry has completed the first of two replicas of Greg Curnoe's famous "Close the 49th Parallel" Mariposa (see the story on Mike's blog). Mike was commissioned do do these replicas by Toronto artist Paul Butler. The finished product is, indeed, a work of art.

Here is Curnoe's painting of the yellow Mariposa:

And here are a bunch of pictures of the replica. The mustardy yellow colour is really wonderful—a colour you would never think of painting a bike today, but extremely distinctive. If only he could find a green freewheel! (Remember, though: this is a replica of the bike, not the bike in the painting...)

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