Bike Zoo

Artwalk 2012 Bike Zoo video by Crystal Allbright

The Austin Bike Zoo parade was a highlight for everyone who saw it at ARTWALK 2012, and we’re thrilled that they will return to Alpine for ARTWALK 2013!

The Austin Bike Zoo’s Human Powered Puppetry is dedicated to inspiring communities through the creation of unique human powered vehicles, bicycle-based theatrical performances and educational programs for youth.

Their work was born out of a passion to combine the beauty and strength of human movement with the artistry and theater of puppets and a dedication to creating interactive works which engage our community. The Austin Bike Zoo works to create events which leave smiles on spectators faces, tickle their imaginations and inspire them to further understand the relationship between humans and the mechanical world around them.

When Rosen and the Austin Bike Zoo return this fall, they will also visit Alpine schools and motivate our students to design, construct and produce their own unique desert critter to be used in this year’s ARTWALK parade!

The students will be lead through a series of inspirational lessons in a collaboration between Jeremy and their art teachers.  Jeremy will bring his knowledge of bike building, puppet making and mechanical engineering to spark the imagination of the students.

The key personnel will be the Art teachers at Alpine Elementary, Middle and High School, as well as the art instructors at Alpine Christian and Montessori schools.  Dr. Jennifer Jordan, education coordinator for The Museum of the Big Bend will supervise the project to ensure that our students are successful in having a creative and productive experience.  Jeremy Rosen, the founder of Austin Bike Zoo who has earned a reputation for creating high quality hand built creatures, will be on hand through a series of visits to advise the students on how to generate their art project with repurposed materials.  The Austin Bike Zoo will return November 18th and visit all of the schools with their pedal powered puppets, have a Q & A with the students and give rides on their fanciful altered bicycles.

Our goal is to have the students design and create with repurposed materials an original artwork that communicates their thoughts, feelings and imaginations. The students will have a choice to alter their own personal bicycle or to make a “creature costume” to be worn in the ARTWALK parade on November 23rd, 2013 at noon in downtown Alpine.

Last year the Austin Bike Zoo came to our schools, partly funded through a Texas Commission on the Arts grant. They inspired students to design and create butterfly wings to be worn during last year’s ARTWALK parade.  The wings were motivated by The Austin Bike Zoo’s 17-foot, pedal-powered monarch butterfly.  Videographer Crystal Allbright documented our adventure at all the campuses and generated the 4-minute video at the top of this page. As a bonus for the kids we will have a premier showing for them at the beginning of the school year to motivate their imaginations.