The Installations

The reCyculture, sculptural installations will be installed in locations across Kent during August.

The installations will be in two parts:

three green painted bikes emerge from the wall above Roehampton Library Blue painted bike 'leaps' from the top of a telegraph pole
Physical installations on walls, rooftops, poles, fences and bike parking racks, among other places.


Virtual installations, where your stories and experiences of cycling, and the epic poems created in workshops, will digitally accompany the installations. You will be able to read, listen and see them through a QR code or website address at each location.

Here’s one we made earlier: Chris Paradox’s poem about Green Horses on the Wall and impossible dreams on The Alton Estate in Wandsworth.

A QR barcode which, when scanned in, will open a web page for the Green Horses on the Wall poem on Soundcloud

A QR code is a type of bar code, which will take you to a web page. Until now, they have mostly been used for managing stock in warehouses and in advertising. More information and how to use QR codes here:

OR, go to this web address:

Stop Animation Film

Apparently its possible to park 20 bikes into one car parking space.
Empty car parking space

View of the car park




Join us in Cyclopark’s car park to help us find out if this is true. Bring your bike and take part in a stop animation film of everyone giving it a go.

Why Paint Bikes?

There are over 20 million bikes in the UK, but only 6 million of them are ridden on a regular basis. We’re going to transform some of those 14 million that are lying around quietly melting into rust, into icons adorning the buildings and roads of Kent.
Inner workings of a bike bell painted greenclose of green painted chain and gear wheel, with the bike wheel in the background

The Greatest Invention of All Time

Painting a bike lets you truly appreciate the perfection of its design‘ Karen Poley, Creative Producer

The One Minute Paint Job from reCyculture on Vimeo.

So, its 2 coats – a primer and paint – to transform our unused rust bucket from sawdust to star!

Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man

Inspired by cycling… & this:

As read by Shakespeare…. with an American accent!

All the World’s a Stage

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

William Shakespeare


SHINE On London Road – reCyculture 2013/4

Green bike wheels against a blue sky, tower over the Brighton skyline reCyculture’s epic alternative Xmas Lights installation – Night Bikes -survived the Xmas storms and was taken down on 12th night.

The installation was commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council and the London Road Portas Pilot regeneration project.

Five green painted bikes sit on the roof of an art deco building, glowing bright green under the lights