LUMIERE DURHAM 2013, 2015
Stained glass car windows illuminated with pedal power.
In an age dominated by concerns about climate change and our reliance on fossil fuels, Lumiere presented an installation that reminded us of the energy source in our feet. By climbing on the bike and cycling on the spot, visitors could watch in delight as the windows of the converted Robin Reliant lit up.
Wheels of Industry was originally commissioned as part of the Lumiere Durham 2013 BRILLIANT competition for anyone based in or originally from the North East with a bright idea for an installation.
Wheels of Industry was the development of an idea first exhibited at Lumiere Durham 2013. Langley was then part of Twist Design, who won a BRILLIANT commission to display three Robin Reliants across the city. Each had special designs showing iconic North East landmarks, or famous British faces in the windows. Following the festival, they showcased one car at i Light Marina Bay in Singapore, where the original design was adapted to include a bike as the source of the installation’s power.
Stu Langley has since left Twist Design to focus on being a full-time artist. He also had another installation at Lumiere; Wave.