All Along the Biketower

The Tower of Babel. The Great Pyramids. The Leaning Tower of Pisa. That pantheon of epic structures wasn't compete until Cyclisk: a 65-foot tall, 10,000-pound obelisk comprising about 340 bicycles, a tricycle, and a healthy disregard for proportion.

The sculpture, which resides in Santa Rosa, California, was built by artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector, and cost $37,000 to build. That's a lot of Schwinn.

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While Grieve says that the message is up to the viewer, but when you consider that the project was funded by Nissan and in a neighborhood rife with car dealerships? It's tempting to think of it more as a mausoleum than a celebration. [Wired; Photo credit: Mario Parnell]