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Art On The Way
Project #5:  Spare/Spheres: Butyl is in the Eye of the Beholder
Artist:  Amy Scofield
Location:  East End Wines, 1209 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, TX 78702
Date:  November 4th thru December 10th, 2012
Art On The Way is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future.  Visit Austin at
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Recycled bicycle tubes become art thanks to the help of the AOTW team and artist Amy Scofield's unique vision!
Thousands of tubes get sorted, cut and stapled...
The stapled tubes are rolled into spheres for installation in East Austin.
Nothing goes to waste in this project:  every part of the recycled tube is revitalized for "Spare/Spheres"
The recycled bicycle tubes are prepared for rolling...
Volunteers put the finishing touches on the spheres.
Art is serious business!  Artist Amy Scofield in a balancing act.
A special thanks to all our fabulous volunteers!
Artist Amy Scofield's completed Spare/Spheres
Spare/Spheres by moonlight
As a fervent recycler and cyclist, artist Amy Scofield couldn’t bear the idea that most used bike tubes, in remarkable volume, end up in landfills. She conceived of a sculpture that would transform what’s thought of as trash and perhaps encourage conversation about making individual choices toward sustainability. With help from Bicycle Re-Cycle, dozens of local bike shops and numerous volunteers, she collected and assembled thousands of rubber tubes into seven giant balls, weighing between 250 and 500 pounds each. One ton of rubber was rescued from the landfill over a period of six months!