CBD art with a spin ahead of BMX events

By Liz Mellino

A collection of Art Bikes were installed in the Maude St Mall yesterday to celebrate the BMX Australia National Championships and BMX Supercross World Cup events.

The Art Bikes are on display during business hours in the Shepparton’s central business district until Saturday, May 25, coinciding with events which will be held in Greater Shepparton this year and next.

Artists, including Tank Art, The Glad Rappers, Dylan McIntosh Art, Three Bags Full and St Anne’s College, raided the Recovery Resource Centre to transform and upcycle old BMX and cruiser bikes into unique masterpieces.

Shepparton’s Tank Art was thrilled to get on board with the project, creating two bikes for the display.

‘‘As soon as the opportunity came up I jumped on it — I thought, great, I’ll be in on that,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve always loved to have a crack at these sorts of things.’’

At the end of the BMX National Championships on May 25, the bikes will move to the Shepparton Motor Museum, where they will form part of the Australian BMX Museum temporary exhibition, running until until January.

It is expected the bikes will reappear in the central business district next year for the BMX Supercross World Cup event.

City of Greater Shepparton mayor Kim O’Keeffe encouraged residents and visitors to head to the mall during the next week to check out the bikes.

‘‘With so many people in the region we are encouraging visitors and locals to get into the CBD and see the art bikes and the other many great things we have to offer,’’ she said.

Greater Shepparton City Council and My Ride Shepparton is giving people the chance to win a bike valued at $350.

Simply take a photo alongside an Art Bike and post it to social media.

To be eligible to win, residents must tag @BMXAustralia and include the hashtags #VisitShepparton #Artbikes #ManyGreatThings.