Monday, November 10, 2008

Two-wheeled sculpture

Wired reports: [edited]

Chicara Nagata was 16 when a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He endured eight months of intensive therapy and several blood transfusions during his recovery, all the while wondering why he should survive so horrible an accident when so many others haven't.

Nagata decided to honour those who had died, and those who saved him, by creating art. He became a graphic designer in 1982 and launched his own studio a decade later.

Nagata hand-crafts everything but the drivetrains. He's built 13 bikes so far. Nagata won the grand prize in the 2006 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building for Chicara Art I, a sleek retro-ride powered by a 1939 Harley-Davidson U motor. He took second place last year with Chicara Art II, which features a 1942 Harley WLA motor.

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Brett's 2p'orth: Take a few minutes out to visit Mr Nagata's site to browse the images of his intricate and stunningly beautiful creations.

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