Bicycle parts in various combinations will become a meeting place in connection with the University’s 350th anniversary. The aim is to lighten up science with something easy and playful and provide a link between the city and academia.
The project that is currently underway was created by second-year industrial design programme students Helena Hägg and Martin Paulsson. You could call it a mobile bicycle café; however, the students do not wish to confine the project as such.
“It could also be a place to exchange clothes or books, or something else sustainability-related”, says Martin Paulsson. “However, we do intend to serve jubilee coffee”.
Sustainability is important, as are the bikes that are typical of Lund, explain the students. The installation includes approximately 30 used bicycles which have been deconstructed into their various parts.
“We don’t destroy the bikes; we use their parts like pieces of Lego”, explains Helena Hägg. “We’ve taken something old to create something new, which we then reuse in several places”.
The idea is to have the approximately 20 square-metre meeting place show up a couple of times during the anniversary year, preferably in conjunction with the science weeks, and remain on site for a few days. The bicycle parts are assembled using brackets constructed by the students, combined with wood.
“Preferably recycled wood”, interjects Martin Paulsson. And then people can meet at different heights.
Helena Hägg emphasises that the meeting place is to be open to all.
“Someone could come in a wheelchair, others by foot and have a seat on a bicycle. People on bikes can simply park themselves here. Everyone becomes part of the place itself and has the opportunity to socialise with others.”
The students have already come far along in their planning, and are able to display models of long connected benches and bicycle seats placed at different heights. What they are currently missing is a municipal permit for setting up these meeting places in various locations around the city – and the actual bicycles.
“We don’t anticipate this to be a problem. Our meeting with the City of Lund was positive and they will possibly provide us with old bikes that were going to be scrapped anyways”, says Martin Paulsson.
The design students are working on this project alongside their studies, and believe that a project like this, that takes place in public, is a good way to put their studies into practice and will be an important experience in their future professional careers.
This article was originally published on the Lund University Magazine (LUM) site in Swedish. Read the article.
Article by Maria Lindh