published Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Sculpture experience at Chattanooga Public Library — July 5

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    People become part of Natali Leduc's interactive bike sculpture, "Thenwedieatron," during Ottawa's Chinatown Remixed Festival.
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Natali Leduc, an art bike artist in town to teach a series of workshops, has brought along a sculpture with her luggage.

“Thenwedieatron,” a collaborative sculpture by Leduc and Mattew Gorgol, is a giant pyramid inflated by a stationary fan/bicycle. Visitors can take turns to inflate the structure and walk inside the pyramid.

It will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St.

Leduc says the sculpture is about trust and interdependence.

“While pyramids are normally perceived as a structure devoted to the preservation of the dead, this one focuses on the ephemeral and the joy of being alive,” she says.

“Thenwedieatron” is housed on the fourth floor, the library’s new maker space and beta lab. The public laboratory and educational facility focuses on information, design, technology and the applied arts, according to library officials.

This is the second year for the art bike building workshops, which are presented by the nonprofit organization Art 120. In her career, Leduc has created a variety of art bikes that combine engineering and whimsy. Some of her art bikes produce music, inflate a giant cube and wash clothes.

Admission is free to see the sculpture. For more information, call the library at 423-757-5310 or visit art120.org.

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