This upcoming Sunday, July 7th, from 2-5, at Art of Studio- 1346 Abbot Kinney- Michele Castagnetti will be at hand to sign his latest photographic book Venice Bikes, which essays the abandoned, customized, eccentric and iconic bicycles of Venice. Check out the Argonaut Newspaper article to learn more about Michele’s inspiration for the Venice Bikes series. Pick up a copy at the signing or check it out on Kwakushop.
About the Book:
Los Angeles, and especially the iconic beach community of Venice, represent a different way of biking than cities like New York. The bikes range from pure expressions of creativity with sails and flags to two-wheeled RVs that contain everything necessary for “outdoor living.” The abandoned bikes are quite similar to the ones in the more metropolitan cities except that the style in Los Angeles tends to be of the beach cruiser model. I’ve never seen a bike with a bouquet of flowers in the basket in New York, especially lasting days locked on the street. On the one hand, we have the West Coast flower child spirit with peace and political signs attached to bikes and on the other, the patriotic star spangled banners of the die-hard homeless republicans. The customizing aspect is also a key element of Venice, visible in skull n’ bones cup holders, cartoon character bells, surf board holders and bikes with trailers that hold entire personal belongings.