I'm not sure what to call this yet but for now lets go with The Art Pedaler (get the pun?).
The Art Pedaler is designed to be a pop-up art gallery that can situate itself anywhere. Artwork is to be hung on a motorized conveyor belt wall that spins slowly around the bicycle attracting the attention of passer-bys. Music will also be played from the bicycle and I can imagine serving free coffee and popping up a few beach chairs and encouraging people to hang out. I’m inspired by the multitude of ways in which people are democratizing art and subverting the conventional systems of art viewing and commerce and this project fits into that dialog. Enjoy!
I was hoping I could finish this before the deadline for the instructables Bicycle Contest but that didn't happen. But actually its a good thing because it is pretty far along but not too far to get some good feedback from the instructables community. Let me know what you think!
The video below shows my first and only test so far of the rotating display. As you see at the end, the belt falls off the cogs. I can envision a few ways of fixing this, but I'd like to hear any ideas ya gots. Also I have it rotating much faster than I had desired, I think I need to do some down gearing.
Step 1: Design and material considerations
This isn't going to be a step by step instructable because I don't think I could replicate this myself without another set of trial and error. So I'll just walk you through my journey from ideation to realization and the things I learned along the way.
I was originally inspired by bicycle commerce while spending 5 months hopping around South East Asia. There is a huge variety of bicycle businesses there and the best thing is all of the bicycles have this really rustic homemade quality to them. There is a picture below that's kind of case in point. After months of drawing out different concepts I settled on the drawing below and started thinking about how I could make this happen.
I put up a craigslist alert for a bakfiet style bicycle (pictured below) and found a really swanky one for a grand. This one goes for 3200 new so I got a good deal but I understand I could have saved money by building one or getting a less fancy one.
Then I figured my next step was sourcing the "gallery walls" which i figured needed to be a flexible light weight material that had some rigidity. I had a eureka moment during hurricane sandy (brooklyn boy here) when I saw all this plastic fencing that was put up. I tried to find that exact stuff but settled for a similar product that I found at home depot. Its just a plastic gardening fence. The grid of the fence got me thinking that I could use a cog to drive it around instead of a cable which was my original thought.