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FREE - TAKE ONE! May 2010 “MotorCycle Man” RoboSteel’s Ecological Art for The New Age

by FIONA SMITH Contributing Writer

“To invent, you need a good imagina- tion and a pile of junk.” – Thomas Edison

The old ecological mantra of ‘reduce, reuse or re- cycle’ isn’t something we often think of apply- ing to motorcycles that are past their prime. When death becomes a motorcycle, it usually ends up in the scrapyard or in the shed with the promise of parts possibly being used to fix other bikes. However, Ireland’s Robo- Steel creators have come up with an in- genious way of recycling that which no longer runs. Their metal statues are hand- crafted, hand-welded, not cast, from scrap metal auto or motor- cycle-parts. Their acclaimed work

has been commissioned by cor- porate clients including Google, Activision, Jolt Online Gaming and many other private clients around the world. RoboSteel says

“Each sculpture is unique and will last for generations.” Their latest creation, The MotorCycle Man, is no exception. The MotorCycle Man: A con-

cept becomes reality UK’s Carole Nash International Mo- torcycle & Scooter Show and The Red Adventure joined forces to provide Robo-

Steel “with a fantastic opportunity to create an Eco-minded life size MotorCycle Man sculpture. They provided the concept and asked RoboSteeel to build a man based on their imagery of a man created from recycled motorcycle parts.” As RoboSteel creators proudly affirm, “The Mo-

torCycle Man is a perfect example of recycling in a digital age.” He stands 2 metres tall, is one of a kind, was created from ”over a thousand mo- torcycle parts creatively hidden.” Every single piece of him is recycled, and took over 750 hours to create. Apparently, “If you look closely you will be able to see parts from many motorcycle manu- facturers, including Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda and many others.” Not bad for motorcycle bits that were destined for rust in the scrapyard. Graphic Design Artist and Illustrator, Simon

Roberts of The Red Adventure created the origi- nal digital image using Adobe software. Ro- boSteel says, “Simon began by making pencil sketches, using photos of figures and anatomical drawings for reference. Once the posture had been finalized, he began to piece the Motorcycle Man together, painstakingly resizing, distorting, positioning, and repositioning photos of bike parts, before carefully blending them to create the final mechanical man masterpiece.” Humor- ously, it wasn’t until RoboSteel actually met Si- mon that they realized how much like Simon the MotorCycle Man looked.

(Well, it’s said that God

created us in his own image, so that wouldn’t be an apple falling too far from the tree, would it…)

The inspiration behind RoboSteel RoboSteel acknowledge the quintessential Span- ish painter & sculptor, Picasso’s sculpture of “the bicycle saddle and a handlebar” as inspiration for their use of “everyday things, junk or scrap.” This really gives new meaning to the old say- ing “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Their works of art are made from 100% recycled steel (with only small amounts of copper, ce- ramic material & acrylic based lacquer) and all their materials are non-toxic. RoboSteel’s cre- ators explain that “Like other of Picasso’s firsts Continued - Page 3

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