In collaboration with Velo Domestique Bicycle Shop in Chatham, the Fat Bike Project invites artists to customize bike frames for use when exploring The Fields Sculpture Park. Fat Bikes have larger tires and a sturdy frame making them uniquely able to ride through snow and rough, wet terrain. Visitors may use the bikes free of charge by checking in at the Benenson Center during regular operating hours.
"As for my process for this project, I created flat cement pieces by pouring cement directly onto several color photographs," said Letha Wilson. "One piece used photographs of rocks and rock surfaces from Utah, and lava from Hawaii (the red bike) and the other used prints of palm fronds and leaves from photographs I shot in Hawaii (the green bike). I poured the cement onto the face of these prints in multiple layers, adding some materials such as metal lathe and screen to disrupt the image further. Finally after the emulsion transferred onto the cement as they cured, I broke the cement into pieces, arranged on the floor of my studio, and re-shot this with my digital camera to be printed onto the adhesive material and cover the bikes."
Letha Wilson (born 1976, Honolulu) is an American artist working in photography and sculpture. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography, and Hauser & Wirth, among others. In 2013, Wilson was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography.
Wilson often combines large-scale landscape photographs with sculptural elements of metal and concrete, challenging the two-dimensional nature of traditional photography. She works with both darkroom and digital photography, as well as with C-prints and emulsion transfers