|Even if you were not spoken of during all the talks on sustainability, I noticed you there showing rather than telling.|
|You two-wheeled people-powered fitness engines lurking by the rack in the shade.|
|You carriers of friends to places of conviviality|
|I saw you lurking behind the DJ's table, you go-anywhere, take-anyone transports|
|You filled up the racks, then trees and fences worked just as well (internal hub noted).|
|Commuters, computers, basket-shoppers, and cruisers, from Point A to Point SBP|
|The ideal, energy-efficient people-movers for a high-density node. Fenders for when your node gets messy.|
This final post of my series following the Soleri Bridge and Plaza through to its dedication had to conclude with bicycles in order to give a sense of closure and completeness. Paolo Soleri and others spoke of livable cities, sustainable practices, and the importance of health, fitness, and face-to-face connections, all ideas which in my mind pointed obviously in the direction of my favorite two wheeled, people powered form of transport, exercise, exploration and fun. But no. The speakers so far as I could tell were not thinking about bicycles, and were not taking hints from all these exemplars parked around them. It was puzzling.
Even more puzzling, Soleri decided to speak about walking, OK, I get that, walking is an excellent and underutilized way to get around, also sustainable, also supportive of fitness and a clear mind, but he seemed stuck on the notion of walking around with a parasol. A parasol?? I couldn't figure it out. They were handing them out to special parasol designees who milled around in the bright warm sunshine as if the parasol is a frequent sight in Scottsdale. I tried to see the point, I really did, but I kept thinking that bicycles were better, although possibly not, if they cause you to walk around in a big crowd wearing your helmet.
But then, I'm not sure what it was, something occurred which opened my mind to the possibilities of the parasol. Suddenly, I knew exactly what Paolo was talking about! It all became suddenly clear! Thank you Paolo, for the bridge, and for the possibilities of the parasol. Get up. Go ride.
|Please consider the advantages of the parasol before judging it too harshly.|
Some much better videos from the event than my paltry efforts:
krzystekproductions very slick short that really showcases "Vessel"
Scottsdale Public Art December 11, 2010