FireSpring, 26 March, 6.30-9pm

Bike wheel aflame
reCyculture has evolved, working with Paul Bryce of Light Fires, for a pilot event at Cyclopark, FireSpring.

Created by reCyculture’s Artistic Director, FireSpring will be a fiery garden of delights including upcycled installations made from bikes, live music & bicycle pyrotechnic performances. FireSpring marks the turning of the clocks and welcomes back the spring.

Event Schedule:

6pm-6.30pm – FireSpring Bike Train gathers in Community Square, Gravesend. Light up your bike or come along to have a few lights put on your ride

6.30pm – The Bike Train heads off with the Strictly Cycling crew

6.30pm – Lighting up starts at Cyclopark

6.50pm – Bike Train arrives

7pm – Pyrotechnic & installation performances start & then every 20 minutes until

9pm – Final performance & close

Location map:

woman dances with a bike wheel from which shoots a sparkling firework (don't try this at home!)
Funded by:

Arts Council England logo

Kent County Council logo

Gravesham Borough Council logo

Night Bikes @ SHINE On London Road, Brighton 2013/14

The reCyculture team created an epic installation on the roof of the World’s End pub – Night Bikes – as part of SHINE On London Road. The installation was commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council and Portas Pilot regeneration scheme as alternative Xmas lights and was in place December 2013 to January 2014, surviving the festive season’s storms and 90mph gale force winds.

5 brightly lit, green painted bikes leap from the roof of an art deco building

5 brightly lit, green bikes leap into a night sky, from the roof of a tall building, over a shopping street

The SHINE On bikes were rescued from the gardens of several local people.

Chloe Raleigh insignia

Dahlan’s Sister’s Raleigh

close up image of the sprocket

Max’s BMX


Mongoose chain © Raysto Images

Foz’s Mountain Bike

Reflex brake cables © Raysto Images

Sarah’s Boneshaker

Green Horses on the Wall, Wandsworth Arts Festival 2012

Three green painted bikes, one above the other, emerge from the wall of a block of flats.  The lower bike is just the front wheel and handle bars, the middle one a half bike, and the top bike a three quarter bike

In 2012, the project returned to Roehampton, and Wandsworth Arts Festival, to embrace the wonderful notion of Green Horses on the Wall and impossible dreams, with more impossible and improbable recycled bike installations around the estate. Performance poet Chris Paradox was commissioned to create a short spoken word piece about ridiculous ideas and what crazy dreams mean for the local community.

Two green painted, half bikes emerge from the side of two walls of a block of flats

Performance Parking, Wandsworth Arts Festival 2011

In 2011, Wandsworth Arts Festival approached Creative Producer, Karen Poley, to run a project on the Alton Estate in Roehampton. A number of bikes were painted and installed around the estate as part of a Bicycle Ballet workshop and performance project, during the festival.

Two green painted bikes adorn the sides of two blocks of flats, highlighted by the green leaves of a tree standing in the foreground in between them.

Two green bikes leap out of the facade of a block of flats, above the entrance to Roehampton Library.  In the foreground stands a bus signposted 'Roehampton'

Watching the bikes being installed above Roehampton Library, a local resident came up laughing that the installations reminded him of a saying in his country, Romania, ‘Green Horses on the Wall.’ When you see green horses on the wall, you’re dreaming of incredible or impossible ideas, as in ‘a pipe dream’ or ‘when pigs might fly.’

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