David Byrne Bikes
When I was a wee lass and David Byrne was fronting The Talking Heads I thought he was a big ‘ol geeky nerd and wanted nothing to do with him, but as I matured I came to appreciate his musical and cultural genius. Then add to that his involvement and promotion of bicycles and I was sold. I knew about his book The Bicycle Diaries, which is now available as an audiobook/T-shirt combo, but I wasn’t aware of so many other projects he has contributed to bike culture and city life in general.
For instance, there are his art bike racks in New York, of which the contract they are under have been extended past their year long deadline. Then there is the bike he bedazzled for auction to benefit the Exit Art organization. Byrne also traveled around Southern America giving a talk titled “Bikes, Cities and the Future Of Getting Around”, promoted with really amazing posters. He even donated the folding bike he rode in The Bicycle Diaries for auction to benefit the London Cycling Campaign.
I don’t know what he’s got coming up related to bicycles, but whatever he touches will probably be creative gold…and never the same as it ever was.