While animal taxidermy is a contentious issue, I doubt that there are many who would take issue with Regan Appleton's delightful idea for bicycle taxidermy. It's true that we can develop intense loyalties to our modes of transportation, and this is a striking way to commemorate the passing of a trusty, long-lived travel companion. And who can resist such a chic visual pun?
Born as a tribute for Appleton's father's discarded mountain and road bikes, the artist views this as "a somewhat sentimental take on a mass-produced object becoming defunct," where the "handlebars are given the care and craft of a preserved family pet," and "re-appropriated as a family heirloom."
The mounts, which cost £40 plus shipping, are made in London out of scorched or bleached oak, chrome mounting brackets, and a stainless steel epitaph plate etched to your specifications in Scotland. (Regan suggests including the bike's name, model, dates ridden, and a commemorative verse.) Alternatively, you can purchase a purpose-made mount (£100) available in five styles: chopper, cruiser, pursuit, butterfly, and dropped bars.
Carolyn is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a lover of all things colorful and quirky. She grew up in Texas and settled in Chicago by way of L.A., England and Paris. Currently, she is a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.
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