“Prayer Wheels” in Leiden outdoor bicycle art route

"Prayer Wheels" (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff for the "Velo-Signatuur" Leiden art bicycle route

“Prayer Wheels” (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and
Sonja van Kerkhoff for the “Velo-Signatuur” Leiden art bicycle route

Detail: "Prayer Wheels" (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff showing three of the prayers

Detail: “Prayer Wheels” (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and
Sonja van Kerkhoff showing three of the prayers. Prayers from Christian, Baha’i, Buddhist, Islamic and Hindu traditions in Dutch, English, Greek or Māori can be read on the cloth ‘banners.’

Prayer Wheels - Gebeds twee-wieler by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff

Prayer Wheels – Gebeds twee-wieler by Carmen McGlinn +
Sonja van Kerkhoff at Lammerschans, south of the inner city.

“Prayer Wheels”

(Gebeds twee-wieler)

by Carmen and Sonja

for the

“Velo-Signatuur”

Leiden art bicycle route

18 May – 9 June 2013

This bicycle needed new tyres and so inspired by the use of wood on bicycles during World War Two due to a shortage of rubber, we recycled short pieces of wood. These wooden blocks have two functions. They force you to ‘cycle’ slowly and they make a sound.

The cotton ‘sails’ inserted into the wheels and, bearing prayers from diverse religious traditions are written in various languages.

The clapping sounds made as the wheels turn sound like a cross between a horse trot and Tibetan prayer wheels. To use this bicycle, you walk with it, slowly, as a meditation, until the rhythm of tapping wood and slow spinning of prayers, takes you into another realm.

Soon a map will be available indicating where these 28 bicycles are located
around the inner city of Leiden. Meer over dit project>>

Our bicycle will be located outside Galerie de Pieter, Breestraat 46, Leiden. (see google maps)