thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
nov 09, 2014

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
‘the unforbidden cyclist’
all images courtesy of thomas yang

 

 

 

uniting his two passions of cycling and the creative arts, singapore-based designer thomas yang has created a comprised a series of posters for his ‘100copies‘ series, limited to, as the name suggests, only 100 prints. amongst his archive of designs, yang has formed illustrations of architectural landmarks in 4 major cities, using only the tires of a bike. by painting the rubber with black pigment, the surface becomes the brush on which intricate and complex textures can be imprinted onto the canvas. so far, yang has delineated china’s forbidden city, london bridge, the eiffel tower and the empire state building.

thomas yang bicycle tire tracks
detail of ‘the unforbidden cyclist’

 

 

 

like rice, the bicycle is deeply ingrained in china’s culture. once a sign of backwardness, the ‘people’s vehicle’ is now enjoying a hip revival. 11 unique tire tracks went into creating the forbidden city – one of which belongs to the legendary flying pigeon.

thomas yang bicycle tire tracks
making-of ‘the unforbidden cyclist’

thomas yang bicycle tire tracks
‘the unforbidden cyclist’ — full print

thomas yang bicycle tire tracks
‘god save the bike’

 

 

 

come traffic, hell or high water, nothing will stop london’s rising bike culture, thanks to its protected cycle lanes. admire its leafy parks and iconic architecture, including the tower bridge, meticulously crafted here with 11 unique tyre tracks. keep calm and ride on.

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
detail of ‘god save the bike’

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
making-of ‘god save the bike’

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
‘god save the bike’ — full print

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
‘bicycle mon amour’

 

 

 

ride down the breezy boulevards of paris and you’ll see why it’s easy to fall in love with its cycling culture. the eiffel tower was re-created using 12 unique tire tracks, as a tribute to a romance that goes far, far beyond the tour de france.

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
detail of ‘bicycle mon amour’

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
‘the cyclist’s empire’

 

 

 

a celebration of new york’s rise as a cycling city. 7 different types of bicycle tire tracks were used to create the empire state building, to reflect new york’s ever-growing tribe of cyclists — from the daily commuter to the delivery boy.

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
detail of ‘the cyclist’s empire’

thomas yang prints architectural landmarks with bicycle tire tracks
making-of ‘the cyclist’s empire’
  

  • One of the coolest idea I have seen in a while. You really inspire me on what to do with my room wall.

    c. coyettee says:
  • Gutenberg and The Wright Brothers would have stopped in there tracks
    Wonderful stuff

    Dale Mallie says:

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