I'm a huge fan of amusement parks in regards to their environmental design. Creating illustrations like Bikeland push my creativity on all fronts to point where work also becomes the day dream. While fabricating individual pieces of the project, part of my mind is walking through the fictional environment, dreaming what should be around the next turn. This poster was created for Artcrank's Los Angeles bicycle themed art show at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood.
The gateway to Bikeland was influenced by Luna Park in Sydney where visitors walk through the mouth of a giant carnival barker.
After throwing out my initial round of bike inspired ideas for being too literal, I found myself starring at my bike in my office, asking myself "what else does this look like". After sitting there watching the wheels spin around, I started to see them as a ferris wheel and then quickly imagined all of the other pieces of hardware as their own amusement park attractions.
One of my favorite parts of Disneyland is Main Street USA. Making my own version, Bike Lane USA, was more fun than your legally allowed to have at work. In an ironic twist there is a Disneyland knock off park in Japan called Nara Dreamland that I modeled a couple of my buildings after. That amusement park is now abandoned and totally worth a good old fashion Google search.
My love of amusement park design may only be rivaled by my love of sign art. Whenever I can make the typography of a print a sign, I will! I guess my dream job would be to make signs for amusment parks???
Bikeland is a 16" x 20" 3 color hand printed silk screened poster.