ANALOG BIKE CLOCK
Artist and biking fanatic Gregory de Gouveia, based mostly in Chico, California, has constructed bike sculptures earlier than. However his 12-foot-tall clock known as Time to Change—a fusion of greater than a dozen two-wheeled machines—is his largest and most useful aesthetic contribution to the game.
The undertaking started when one other native artist requested de Gouveia if he wished to create a sculpture for the 2011 Chico Wildflower Century Experience. De Gouveia determined to construct an unofficial clock for the bike occasion. He known as on close by biking communities to donate used bikes, and as soon as sufficient junkers rolled into his store, he held a “disassembly celebration” to take away their gears, frames, chains, and different elements. De Gouveia pieced collectively the large clock’s skeleton from the scrap metallic in roughly three weeks, after which spent one other three weeks including elements and tuning the gears.
The completed clock’s coronary heart is a 600-rpm variable-speed drill motor. Photo voltaic panels cost a 12-volt battery that powers the motor, which spins a geared bike wheel close to the twelve o’clock place. The coordinated motion of 12 bicycle wheels, 13 cranks, and 26 chains retains time just like the gears of an analog wristwatch.
The clock debuted on the Wildflower experience and made a second public look in 2012 at San Francisco’s Maker Faire Bay Space. De Gouveia says it runs about 30 seconds sluggish, however adjusting the battery’s voltage ought to assist the clock’s second hand hit exactly one revolution per minute. Search for his symbolic masterpiece at future West Coast bike races.
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