Performance Parking, Brighton 2006

A blue painted BMX leaps from the top of a disused telegraph pole, against a blue sky with puffy white clouds, and with Brighton Pier in the background The project started in 2006 as a site decoration installation for the first mass participatory performance Bicycle Ballet, on Brighton seafront and the city’s first Car Free Day event.

It was called Performance Parking – inspired by the lengths you sometimes have to take to securely park your bike – & started as a bit of a joke; a comment on how impossible it was to park your bike, especially overnight, without it getting vandalised or stolen. The solution? Park your bike out of reach in an impossible location, at the top of a wall or post.

At one end of the performance site were two inexplicable and defunct telegraph poles. No one seemed to know how they came to be there or who they belonged to, so no one minded when we asked to use them. At the other end of the space, the cliff wall provided a blank canvas for another, hanging installation.

A green painted bike hangs over the railings against Brighton seafront's cliff wall Two green bikes fixed to a disused telegraph pole.  One sits on top of the pole and the other 'cycles' down it

reCyculture Kent

The installations Search the Location Map & click on the images below:

Seven green bikes leap from a fence, with title, logos & QR code Seven green bikes, from a child's bike with stabilisers to an adult trike,  with title, logos & QR code Green bike wheel locked to another bike with title, logos & QR code Two green bikes attached the top of a brick wall,  with title, logos & QR code A green racer and green mountain bike at the top of a brick wall,  with title, logos & QR code Three tiny green racing bikes & riders on a mantelpiece,  with title, logos & QR code Four green bikes leap from the rooftop of the lookout on Margate Harbour, with title, logos & QR code Two children's bikes about to leap from a balcony, with title, logos & QR code A huge pile of bicycles, with black cat in the foreground, with title, logos & QR code Two green painted BMX bikes sit above a shop door Small green child's bike at the top of a wall, with title, logos & QR code Four green bikes at the top of a wall, with title, logos & QR code

















A Kent-wide installation project commissioned by Kent County Council and local partners in response to the Paralympic Road Cycling Races which took place at Brands Hatch in September 2012.

The reCyculture team worked with local people in three creative residencies across Kent, to paint bikes, & collect stories, create poems & stop animation films, to create online, virtual installations, alongside the physical installaions, around the county.


Commissioning partner




Location partners:



& Tri the Bike Shop






Tunbridge Wells


& the Number One Community Centre




Logo for Invicta Budgens



Margate – Harbour Arm Gallery, Marine Studios & Thanet Cycle Recycle

Ramsgate – Queen Charlotte

Folkestone – Creative Quarter Folkestone & Folkestone Fringe

A HUGE thanks to all



































You can still get involved. Tell us your stories, ideas and thoughts about cycling and bikes, and be part of reCyculture on or Twitter @reCyculture



The reCyculture team ran several workshop sessions across Kent including:

Bike painting at Cyclopark.  People of all ages joined in.
Lots of different bicycles including an adult tricycle are painted with undercoat at Cyclopark More bike painting © Ray Gibson







We asked people to tell us their stories. Writing them down, or interviewing them:
A noticeboard with images and stories, covered with post it notes of people stories Interviewing man on a recumbant bike & man about cycling  in the mountains in Turkey








And we ran sessions, such as this one in Margate, creating poems about people’s cycling experiences & even made a stop animation film: 30 bikes into one car parking space
spoken word workshop, reCyculture © Ray Gibson 30 bikes in one car parking space

Oliver Aylmer

Oliver has been working with music for 16 years.  He writes for ‘Lift’ and ‘Poke’ library music companies, with international distributions.  He co-writes for ‘Aswarm’ art in sound, and has a variety of creative projects, including ‘Firstmenoffthemoon’ and ‘Gekobeat’.

He also works in the performing arts, writing and producing soundtracks for public performances and exhibitions.  Involvement in previous work includes:  Soundspace at Eureka in Halifax, an interactive permanent exhibition of sound – Best European Exhibition for kids 2005, Crackers for The World Famous, The Barbershop for 3Monkey Productions – touring comedy stage show, The Big Dance for Smallwonder – large-scale dance performance to sound on Brighton beach.