The viewer is first confronted by a familiar bicycle with an odd home made 'engine' in a vitrine which immediately conveys a sense of preciousness.
Tabernas Desert Run by Simon Starling, 2004
© The artist
- Perspex, bike, painting
- 170 x 224 x 62 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £20,000 ( Total: £42,500)
- Acquired in:
- The Modern Institute
The back of the vitrine has a watercolour of a cactus. There are references to environmental protection, old western movies, museum presentation methods and the charm of DIY transport. Starling crossed the Tabernas Desert in Spain on a bicycle powered by compressed hydrogen in September 2004. The only biproduct of the journey was water which was used to produce the cactus painting. Nominated for the Turner prize, 2005.
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 2004.
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