customized vintage the racing motorcycle by sebastian errazuriz
time lapse, 2013
customized vintage racing motorcycle
aluminum and steel parts with taxidermy bird
stripped down to its sculptural framework, sebastian errazuriz‘s customized vintage racing motorcycle combines functionality and fetish. ‘time lapse’ is a sleek aluminum and steel bike and every bit a fierce symbol of power and freedom, yet design details establish an artful and exquisite form. the dichotomy is relevant to the project’s core themes of fragility and fatality, an example of which is highlighted by a vibrantly colored taxidermy bird fitted inside a glass vestibule in the motor of the bike. the feathered species lies at the heart of the object, both physically and metaphorically acting as a symbol of the recognition of death.
the motorcycle was produced by worth motorcycle company and built by NYC norton, and was made possible by the support of motorcycle collector john magyar. a portion of the collected profits will be donated to worth motorcycle company, a nonprofit organization teaching new york city’s at-risk youth the art of vintage motorcycle restoration. the custom bike is being presented at art basel – miami beach from december 5th to 8th, 2013.
aluminum and steel are the structural elements of the custom racing bike
a vibrantly colored taxidermy bird sits at the heart of the motor
the construction of the vintage bike was by nyc norton
shining steel framework complements a leather seat
the racing motorcycle viewed from the front