I was looking through some of my older photos when I stumbled across this image shot a few months back. This photograph was taken at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and really was all about the sculpture’s subject matter, which resonated with me. The piece, Girl On A Bicycle, serves as such a lovely reminder that sometimes it is okay to lift your feet off of the pedals, and have a little fun.
Created by Sydney Harpley in 1987 this cast-bronze sculpture was the second piece commissioned and gifted by David Marshall to the Singapore Botanic Gardens as a piece of public art. The first, Girl On A Swing is a much larger piece and more easily recognized by visitors to the Gardens, but it is the feeling of abandon in Girl On A Bicycle that captured my attention. The way her hair blows back as she raises her feet forward communicates an uninhibited energy. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little of that in my life every now and again. In fact, reconnecting with this sculpture now is timely, as lately I have found myself bogged down by life’s responsibilities.
Tell me, what does lifting your feet off the pedals look like? Are you in need of a little of reckless release? What do you think of the Girl On A Bicycle?