I had already been scheming to turn a baby bike trailer into a sculpture and package pickup trailer for the Visual Art Building here at Interlochen. So this was further motivation to do that.
This lovely Schwinn has a giant basket, but this amazing well-built aluminum trailer. It attaches to the frame of the bike with an air-hose detachment, if that makes sense. Really ingenious and many of the trailers attached this way.
|A typical bike parked along the main downtown tourist-crowded street. Yes, that's horse drawn taxi.|
|The bell reads "This bike is my car" or something.|
|A horse-drawn trailer that the suspender-wearing man used to haul a bunch of drywall. They are serious about no cars.|
|One of my favorites. This bike, which is parked next to a tricycle, has a trailer held on by a homemade thick rubber bracket. I wonder what is delivered in this exactly?|
|Same bike as above, but please note the front mudflap. This evidently get used in the wintertime.|
Now back to Interlochen Center of Art. Cars are allowed but they really aren't ideal for getting around all the campers and are frowned upon. It seems that all the other departments get these golf-carts to ride in, but for some reason the Visual Arts isn't on the A-list when it comes to golf-carts. That is ok. I'd rather ride a bike, but if we need to pick up some packages from the post office, get ice for a reception, or other random task, it'd be great to have a trailer for a bike. Much like at Mackinac Island.
|Here is the bike I brought from NC. I will be donating it to Interlochen Visual Arts (value is $25). I bought the child trailer from this local bike-fixer-upper for $10.|
|Here Julie and Dan are using it for its first mission! Picking up rocks from the old art building C7. Without the bike it would've taken multiple trips sweating it with a wheelbarrow.|
|Here's Kiln Tech Chris taking the new rig out for a spin. Its very fun to ride. I even tried it out by riding in it and it held my weight.|
There you have it, friends. I've been wanting to convert a baby bike trailer into a sculpture bike ever since seeing one in Chicago. Since I've always had a truck, van, or car it is pointless to have one. Yet, here at Interlochen Summer Camp there is a real use and need for one. Just like at Mackinac Island!