Beyond the last stop (Setouchi Triennale)

“Beyond the last stop” is one of the few interactive artworks of the Setouchi Triennale.  Created by Atsushi Ozawa, he took old bicycles and recycled them into new ones.  He melted them down and hammered them into new forms.  The design of the bicycles is retro in look with a very artistic flare.

Beyond the last stop

Beyond the last stop

When you see “Beyond the last stop”, you will notice the colourful bicycles are all hung on a nice bicycle rack.  They only have 10 bicycles and it costs 600 yen to rent.  Unfortunately it is no longer available for rent but this may change in the future.  The bicycles are all really cool to look at and they are almost all the same.  If you ever wanted to experience art in person, this is the best one to enjoy.  You get to ride around Uno’s port area and save a lot of time from walking from one point to the other.  The only problem I have with bicycles is that they move too fast to enjoy everything.  Thankfully in Uno you don’t have to worry too much as you’ll be able to whizz past everything quickly as the artwork is relatively spread out with nothing interesting in between each group of artwork.  Even the town isn’t that interesting as it is mostly a typical small town in Japan.

Beyond the last stop

Beyond the last stop

“Beyond the last stop” is likely to continue in the future but they will need volunteers to manage it.  It looks to be a lot of fun and the next time I am in Uno, I will probably consider renting it.  Unfortunately I only spent a couple hours in Uno so I didn’t think it would have been worth renting the bicycle, but I do regret it as it seems like it would have been fun to photograph the bicycle in different areas as well as to get around town quickly.

Beyond the last stop

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