Rosebud Primary School principal Stephen Fisher knew Jason Knox was the man for the job when he needed a bike shed built. Describing the artist as being able to create “something out of anything”, he explains: “Jason is a representation of what we are all about here at Rosebud Primary School: reusing and repurposing. He turns the ideas in his head into reality so easily. He’d already created various works of art around the school so I just asked, ‘Do you reckon you could make me a bike shed?’ And the result is incredible. The kids love it.”
So how do you make a bike shed? Make it of 160 pushbikes, that’s how. Jason explains: “I remove scrap, including pushbikes, from caravan parks. There’s lots of it, especially straight after Christmas, and I collected as many bikes as I could. I thought, ‘Well, seeing Mr Fisher wanted a bike shed, why not make it out of bikes?’ I pulled them apart and cut them up and welded them together, then put them into frames. There’s six frames in total and the whole structure is portable. I just bolted them together, and there’s around 10 bolts securing the whole structure into the ground. You could pull it apart within 24 hours if you wanted to. The roof is made from cream steel to offset the rest of the shed, which is completely black. Yeah, I’m pretty happy with it and the kids love playing with the moving parts.” There are bells and pedals that spin and ring!
Jason’s bike shed is the perfect example of fabulous form meeting day-to-day function. A great believer in recycling and turning something that other people may think is useless into something beautiful, scrap metal never gets old for this Mornington Peninsula creative. The bike shed exemplifies this as light and shade move through the structure, creating innovative eye-catching mindscapes while addressing the issue of bike storage. Sunflowers, cobwebs, motorbikes and penny-farthings adorn the ‘walls’ of the shed where kids come to gather and stay to play long after they’ve deposited their bikes. This artistic statement took Jason about 150 hours to create and has become a landmark for visitors to the school. Measuring 6m x 3m and 3m in height, the bike shed brings the best of art as concept to fruition.
Stephen concludes: “Jason has been a wonder for us. His work is a real asset to the school.” Just brilliant. Jason’s art is available exclusively through The Factory Antique Market. Check out Jays Manoeuvres on Facebook to view more.