Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bye Big Bike! (with Update)

"Darrajah" (Bicicleta) by Pepe Cabrera, January 7, 2010.

I just saw the Saudi Gazette news on the internet today about the world's largest bicycle here in Jeddah. The iconic landmark will soon be taken down to give way for a new overpass. In fact, there are yellow fences already in place around the roundabout where the big bike is located, as you can see in the photo below which I took a week ago.

Photo of the big bike with yellow fence around roundabout. September 10, 2013.

I often pass by this iconic structure for more than 10 years now, in fact my apartment is just a stone throw away from it. The bicycle is at a roundabout on Rawdah and Sitteen streets intersection. I hope the government would have a change of mind and at least transfer the bicycle to a new location here in Jeddah. It's a shame that they are demolishing this iconic landmark. Bye Big Bike!

"Dusk at Dawara Darrajah"  January 6, 2010.

Trivia: The Bike is 15 meters high and was created using scrap metal. It's  by Julio Lafuente, a Spanish artist.

Update - December 31, 2013

It seems like the big bike is here to stay after all, according to pictures which hang around the construction site like the one you see below. Great.

I took this photo of one of the pictures from inside my car.

Close up look shows the giant bike is incorporated in the final plan.


Susie of Arabia said...

I can't imagine that this iconic structure would be demolished. Many of the roundabout pieces of art have been moved to new locations, which is what I would hope they would do with this well-known and popular artwork. Hopefully it will spring up in another location!

Pepe Cabrera said...

Yes Susie, me too it's a bit unrealistic for me that i will not see that bike in the future anymore, that most familiar landmark of Jeddah, i would say. In my stay in Jeddah for more than 10 years i have a lot of memories with it. I actually have pictures of me and friends literally hanging on the pedal of that bike. Really sad.