Simon StarlingWork Made-ready, Les Baux de Provence (Mountain Bike) 2001

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Simon Starling (born 1967)
Work Made-ready, Les Baux de Provence (Mountain Bike)
Date 2001
MediumMountain bicycle, bauxite rocks, plastic boxes, pendant lamps, wooden table and other materials
DimensionsOverall displayed dimensions variable
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Tate Members 2009
Not on display


In 2000 Simon Starling rode an aluminium ‘Tassajara’ mountain bike, designed by the cyclist Gary Fisher, to a disused bauxite mine in Les Baux de Provence in France. There he collected a few hundred kilograms of bauxite rocks, which he afterwards processed into aluminium. His installation Work, Made-ready, Les Baux de Provence (Mountain Bike) 2001 presents a do-it-yourself production line based on the small-scale methods of aluminium production that Starling followed. He simplified the techniques used in the industrial processing of aluminium, so that he could produce small quantities of aluminium with the improvised apparatus available to him. This production line ends with the casting of processed aluminium to replicate part of the frame of the same ‘Tassajara’ mountain bike that he had ridden to the mine… (read more)

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