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