The “Star-Turn” installation was made as part of a fundraising effort Help for Heroes, a charity for wounded war veterans. The installation featured a geodesic dome that protected riders of a static Specialized Sirrus bike, which when pedalled, would spin attached armatures mounted with a helix of tea light candles each.

According to the press release, Munro’s design was inspired by accident..

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Having recently fallen off his bike in the lanes near his workshop one dark and forbidding winter afternoon, Munro set about designing a sculptural piece for fundraising which he envisaged as the ultimate artistic cycling machine. It would not only keep riders warm and dry – it would also protect their egos from a battering and give them a chance to claim their 15 minutes of fame.

The result: a spiralling, fire-lit light show that lasted most of the night until 4:30 am, with various volunteers taking turns lending some leg power for 15 minute intervals, while donors plopped coins into a big bucket nearby.

We’re hoping to see this awesome installation reused somewhere else — maybe reincarnated in some other form? More of Bruce Munro’s scintillating works on his website— and donations to Help for Heroes here.

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