These are normally refereed to in he trade as Chinarello's.
At the end of the day you have created nothing original and basically you have committed plagiarism - the original frame design won the prestigious "Compasso d'Oro" Industrial design award and has a place in Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.
So my question for you is this, if this frame is already iconic and celebrate for not only it's racing heritage but for its artistic form both within the cycling community and out, if your peers and mentors in the artistic world have awarded this design for its artistic form, how can you possibly submit this works as your own?
I see this akin to photocopying Picasso or Van Gogh on a retro 80's photocopier and trying to pass it off as my own work as a tribute to the original creator.
I also believe you have infringed on the companies copyright. What I was really expecting was a real tribute to the bike, something like Gottfried Bechtold tribute to the Porsche.
Ultimately I personally believe all you have done is devalued the work of another artist.
But is it a sculpture or a replica?Creating a sculpture of the end result of a successful design process, as an artistic statement, is incomparable.
Scam artist?Ha! Yeah, that's the other thing: Is this a big joke? Weird spam? A proud artist sharing an honest project? I feel like I may be missing something ...
Come on. He is doing this to take the piss out of all those poncy coffee shops, cafes, clothes shops, etc., which have a classic, iconic bike in the shop just because that is the fashionable thing to do. He is making an essentially unrideable copy of one of the classics to show up how silly it is to use something which has gone through such extensive and thorough mechanical design as the Cinelli Laser as a decoration, and is saying, "hey pricks, if you are going to use it just because of its' appearance, and not how it performs, you may as well just have something which just looks like it, and nobody would be any the wiser."This is what he said:I want to formulate a comment on a hipster culture in which you use expensive bikes (among other stuff) to decorate the home, office or display windows with.
Because my focus has exclusively been philosophical, the practical qualities that the originals have has been set aside.
What I want to achieve with this is a replacement (on a philosophical level) of all the bikes that are used as ornaments, with a sculpture that speaks to the viewer on a different, rather reflective artistic level.
Instead of using these fantastic sports machines constructed by some of the best engineers in the world, I wanted to create a sculpture to illustrate my concept, to bring The Laser — with its sculptural perfection — into the contemporary art world (again). That way, hopefully the classic bikes can be used for what they were built for (I speak now not only about The Laser, but about all the amazing bikes that are not used for their original purpose and because I believe that The Laser is number one, it has become model for my sculpting).