Original rickshaw becomes unique art work
Artist Hans Vanhorck into action for Bangladesh
It is finished: the artwork that Hans Vanhorck made from an original Bengali 1We Rickshaw. The result is mind-blowing. The bright blue, 'unrobed' bicycle cab typifies the work of the Dutch artist from the Netherlands: impressive, epic and confronting.
For a year Vanhorck worked, intermittently, on the original rickshaw. For this purpose, a complete recycled 1We Rickshaw was shipped from Bangladesh to the Netherlands by 1We - One World Experience. In his studio in Amersfoort Vanhorck stripped the vehicle down to the frame. This carcass forms the basis for the surprising artwork. “The skeleton symbolizes the backbone of the 1We Rickshaw project", Vanhorck explains.
'The Blue Hope'
The color blue, which represents the highest heights and the deepest depths, symbolizes hope. Vanhorck: "Just like the rickshaw project of 1We represents hope for a better life. That’s why the title of this work is called 'The Blue Hope.”
At the bare bike, Vanhorck finally added some fossilized elements. A cloth on the wheel represents the toil of the rickshaw driver; a cap, a camera and a pair of shoes on the seat embody the passengers.
The aim is to expose the artwork as an eye-catcher on exhibitions, art fairs and events to promote the 1We Rickshaw project. Therefore the art object goes ‘on tour’ in the Netherlands soon. Click here for the making-of