Abandoned bike skeletons as urban sculptures

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Raphael Xavier
credit: Raphael Xavier

Some artists delight in showing us things we've never seen before, and others show us things we see all the time, but never really notice; through their eyes, we discover something that we didn't know was there, a fresh perspective on art hidden in plain view. Raphael Xavier, an award-winning artist who founded the Olive Dance Theatre in Philadelphia and is credited for the resurrection and the growth of the Breaking community in that city, also does photography work. His documentary project called No Bicycle Parking is made up of around 400 photos of abandoned and stripped bikes taken over a 10-year period. They create a "silent tableau of loss and mourning from cities around the world."

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