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Dog sculptures made out of used bicycle parts
01.27.2014
11:41 am

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Animals
Art
Design

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Dogs
Bikes
Nirit Levav


 
Israeli artist Nirit Levav makes these rather peculiar life-size dog sculptures from recycled bicycle parts. Her series is called “Unchained.” The canines are mostly made from old bike chains, gear parts, saddles and pedals. 

You can view more of “Unchained” at her Etsy shop. If you’re curious how much these puppies (see what I did there?) cost… they’re a pretty penny to say the least.
 

 

 

 

 
With thanks to Gail Potocki!

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Steve McQueen’s 1964 Driving License

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Steve McQueen had a passion for cars, bikes and speed. Aside from his most iconic vehicle, the Highland Green Mustang GT from Bullitt, McQueen’s vehicle of choice was his 1957 Jaguar D-type XK-SS.

He first saw the car on a Studio lot off Sunset Blvd., in 1958. He was instantly smitten and paid the owner $5,0000 for it. His love of cars and bikes carried on throughout his life (hence Le Mans), though surprisingly he only carried out a tenth of the driving seen in the famous car chase in Bullitt.

After his success with The Towering Inferno in 1974, McQueen took time out to travel around the country in a motorhome, riding motorcycles across different parts of the country.

McQueen had been the ideal casting for John Frankenheimer’s classic film Grand Prix, until he clashed with Frankenheimer’s business partner, and the role went to James Garner.

In fact there were a lot of roles McQueen knocked back during his career,  including Dirty Harry, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (lawyers and agents couldn’t agreeing on who got top billing, McQueen or Newman), The Driver (another obvious choice); The French Connection, and even Close Encounters of the Third Kind (he told Spielberg he couldn’t cry on cue). Sadly, one of his best performances in the adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play, An Enemy of the People (1978), was barely released and has languished ever since. Producers hated the way McQueen looked in the title role - he was bearded and overweight. Tragically McQueen died too soon in 1980 - he was just fifty - and in 1984, his beloved XK-SS was sold at auction for a reported for $148,000.
 
Via Retronaut
 

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Wild Dragster bike, 1969
09.18.2012
10:58 am

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Design

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Bikes
Wild Dragster


 
A breakdown of the Wild Dragster bike from the July 1969 issue of Popular Mechanics.

Click here to see larger image.
 
Via KMFU

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