Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bicycle, Taxi & Bus

My original intent was to take a photo of this interesting "structure" that was being used as a bicycle stand, whether it was installed there for that express purpose or not. When I got home, I saw that the photo was even more interesting because of the taxi and bus lining up next to it -- all three mode of transportation in one photo. If only I could PhotoShop a subway train into the photo, it would be perfect. :-)

So do you think the red iron structure here is meant as a bicycle stand?

Update: This "structure" is by David Byrne and yes, it is indeed meant to be a bike rack/stand.

19 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

It would appear to be the outline of a single high-heel shoe. Is it perhaps in front of a shoe store? I suspect the current use is probably a byproduct and not the original intention of the creator. Very clever, by the way.

USelaine said...

Yes, I'm sure it is. There are companies that will make them in all kinds of shapes these days, to suit whoever is paying for them. Is there something nearby that might have a connection?

This really is a super case of serendipity, and even the bicycle fits with the clean primary color scheme.

GMG said...

Well, the high heel shoe sculpture was given an interesting use... ;)

NYD said...

Could it be anything else?

Changes in the wind said...

Don't think it was meant for the bike but seems to work just fine and great shot of all the transportations minus the subway:)

Hilda said...

If a subway train ends up on your streets, be sure to tell us! ;D

Yes, I think so. Very apt too that it's a red, high-heeled pump. ;)

L.Shaw said...

Looks like it could be a bike rack.

Coincidentally, NYC just selected the winner of it's bike rack competition this week....it's called "the hoop."

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/hoop-wins-bike-rack-design-contest/?apage=2

Snapper said...

Definitely a stylized red shoe. This is an amazing capture with the three modes of urban transportation perfectly placed in the frame. Bravo!

Olivier said...

surprenant !!! et le taxi me fait penser a un jouet

The Green Cat said...

It is one of the bike racks designed by David Byrne. http://www.davidbyrne.com/art/bike_racks/index.php

marley said...

Well I've never seen a red high heel used like that before! Great shot, the best are always accidental :)

Gecko said...

Way cool Ming! ;D If you hadn't told us I would've thought you had planned that photo!!

Strange things lurk in cities...like shoes holding up bikes! LOL!

Anne said...

When I first looked at the photo, I assumed you were taking a picture of FOUR modes of transportation! What a great shot!

Peter said...

Whatever it is, or was supposed to be, it's nice!

jill said...

Good catch Ming. Enjoying your new camera I see.

TCho said...

i think so

Yogini de Luxe said...

Yey. Lovely blog, I'll be back. However, you shouldn't have commented at all on the brilliance of this picture. It speaks for itself. :)

Jilly said...

I'm glad I came to this late so I could discover that it's a David Bryne structure. What a great idea! Your photo is fascinating, Ming.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Photo shop in a skateboard, too!