The first thing I had to do when I came to live in the Netherlands was to buy a bicycle. This is probably the one thing that everyone, regardless of age or social status, has in their possession and extensively uses. The streets of Rotterdam are no exception to that. Here, cycling does not only serve as a means of transport, recreation or sport, but also as an inspiration for street art.
The proof of this comes from the fifteen-metre graffiti on Delftsestraat, created by the Rotterdam-based American graphic designer Calvin Sprague, exactly to prove that daily life can be an inspiration for art. The graphic representation reveals a crowd of people riding their bicycles as if they were on a busy street. The figures are drawn simply using colorful shapes in black and white while the emphasis is on the bicycles and the background that is painted white, red and blue. Some of the bicycles are empty, awaiting the curious pedestrians of the street to ride them, or hop on the back of them. Will you be the next one?