Bicycle Taxidermy by Regan Appleton

published in: Vehicles, Art By Ricardo Hernandez, 16 November 2012

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photo © Regan Appleton

Eccentric. Humorous. Clever. Most of us can identify with the long nights and the delirious thinking that often accompanies them when we are working in our studios. The mind wanders and things that seem impossible become exploratory endeavors that, at times, turn into projects themselves. Regan Appleton, a designer from the Royal College of Art, explains how many sleepless nights mixed with homesickness for the rugged Scottish highlands led him to using his father's long discarded mountain and road bikes turning them into prized taxidermy. 

Do you have a beloved old bike that you used to use while living in the city, mountains, beach or even the suburbs? If you do, you should definitely consider Bicycle Taxidermy and use those handle bars to capture your past adventures on the road. Associating the bicycle itself with the diverse set of shapes and sizes from wild animals creates a connection to adventure, hunting and trophies that often finalize the gaming process. Regan Appleton takes the old memory of the object and com-memorializes it by mounting it onto a European oak plaque complete with engraved stainless steel label and is currently offering both reclaimed mounts and new mounts.

photo © Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

> Bicycle Taxidermy first began on a couple of memento mori for my father’s once prized but long discarded mountain and road bikes. <
Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

right: Hetchens – Vade Mecum / [1972-1984] / ‘The Yorkshire moors shall she forever roam’
left: Specialized – G39 / [1994-2012] / ‘The Highland beast, put out to pasture on London fields’
photo © Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

Bicycle Taxidermy, LOGO © Regan Appleton

photo © Regan Appleton

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  • friend
    MarkB | 2012-11-19 16:22:56

    Sweet; when I had one I wanted to memorialize, I hung the FRAME on the wall; sadly, I had to put it back in service for a short time, and that had a cost.It's funny, though -- never used a plaque for mounting, but with spare parts from the crapola I have to build on my job, I've made several COAT HOOKS! To this day, the one-piece bar/stem of a toddler Huffy holds my coat and waist-pack near my work area.

  • friend
    ChrisB | 2013-01-04 12:53:24

    I'm sorry, but didn't Picasso do this about 60 years ago?

  • friend
    ChrisB | 2013-01-04 12:58:30

    However,n“Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” n― Pablo Picasso

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