Cycling Creates Art in Arlington
Published on April 12, 2018
What happens when you combine a stationary bike with record players? You get Bipedal Soundscapes
, an art installment to be heard throughout Arlington.
The new Arlington Art Truck
launched its debut season in early April with Bipedal Soundscapes
, by artists Emily Francisco
and Alex Braden
. Activated by participants pedaling a stationary bicycle, the sound sculpture features a five-tiered turntable housing vinyl records to create a unique audio experience.
From April to October, the Art Truck will engage Arlingtonians in projects ranging from an impromptu workshop or performance to a pop-up gallery. Locations will include after-school programs, festivals, farmers' markets
, schools, and other gathering spots. At these stops, the community will be able to ride the stationary bicycle and create a sound sculpture of their own, controlling the speed of the turntables as they pedal, allowing each rider a chance to dictate how the piece is experienced.
The Arlington Art Truck embodies Cultural Affairs
' mission to revolutionize the traditional model of an arts venue: a curated, mobile toolbox for artists-in-residence, packed with digital and traditional creative tools. The Art Truck is funded by a $25,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts
. Immediately recognizable, the Ford Transit Van was hand-painted by internationally known artist and Fulbright scholar, Stephen Powers
Schedule: BIPEDAL SOUNDSCAPES, by Emily Francisco and Alex Braden
- April 21 — Arlington Palooza — Alcova Heights Park — 1-4 p.m.
- April 26 — Phoenix Bikes Maker's Ball — Crystal City — 6:30-9 p.m.
- May 5 — Arlington Mill Farmer's Market (Columbia Pike and Dinwiddie Street) — 8-12 p.m.
- May 12 — 15th and Courthouse Road — 9-1 p.m. (a Courthouse 2.0 project)
- May 23 — Clarendon Plaza (Clarendon Metro) — 3-7:30 p.m.
- June 2 — MAKE Your MARK! (Maker's Fair) — 3700 South Four Mile Run Dr. — 1-4 p.m.
(Schedule subject to change due to weather or other conditions. Be sure to check Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for updates.)
Other Art Truck activations for 2018 feature You Are Magic
, by Alicia Eggert
, Color Your Future Garden
, by Marcella Kriebel
, and Going Native: Flora and Fauna of Arlington, Virginia
by Kate Samworth