|12/2/12, sculpture by Zach Lihatsh|
BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage) is local non-profit collectively-run community education and recycling center for bicycles that welcomes people of all ages and walks of life. Among the many positive things they do for our community are: teaching classes on bicycle repair, renting tools/shop space to work on your bike, recycling bicycles into new working bicycles, recycling bicycles into art. This event is their primary fundraising event of the year.
Friendly faces greeted people at the Whistle Stop Depot in downtown Tucson. If you were planning on bidding on anything, a quick signup sheet here provide you with a bid number that you could write down on any of the silent auction bidding sheets located next to the art, along with your bid. This was a nice improvement and made it much easier to bid or update a bid on any of the bid sheets inside.
Early evening, plenty of room to scope out all the cool art and see which ones strike your fancy for possibly bidding on later.
There were hundreds of art objects up for silent auction, designed and made by many different artists.
I really liked the desert scene below, a great example of what can be accomplished with bike parts and an especially creative mind!
|12/2/12, Desert Scene by Colin Holmes|
|12/2/12, Lamp by Erik Bang|
|12/2/12, lamp by Erik Bang & Monique Laraway|
|12/2/12, Javalina by Troy Neiman|
|12/2/12, sculpture by Troy Neiman|
Earrings made from bicycle parts
In addition to the art, there was music, a puppet show for the kids, food, drinks, and even cotton candy!
Great turnout for this event -- here is the crowd as it got a little closer to the 9 PM bidding cutoff
|12/2/12, sculpture by Emerie Charley|
perfect for those "deer in the headlights" moments?
The artists, organizers, and volunteers should all be very proud of the event -- a really outstanding event and fundraiser! BICAS holds this auction around the end of the year each year, keep your eyes out for it next year and drop by to see and bid on some very cool art supporting a great organization.