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Henderson KJ Streamline, 1930. Collection of Frank Westfall. Photo © Peter Harholdt. Exhibition “sensuous steel”, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, 2013. Via artblart

In an era when streamlining was used sparingly in motorcycle design, American Orley Ray Courtney’s enclosed bodywork was virtually unknown on production two-wheelers, making the KJ an unusual and beautiful example of Art Deco design.

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Combine the oversized front wheel of an old-timey penny-farthing bicycle with the kinetic mechanics of Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s self-propelled Strandbeest sculptures (previously featured here) and you’ve got the whimsical awesomeness that is the Boneshaker Big Wheel. Created for the 2014 OneSpark festival by Jacksonville, FL-based artist Ron Schroer, this kinetic wooden sculpture is operated by its rider using a pair of pedals, just like a regular bicycle. But in place of the tiny wheel seen on a traditional penny-farthing, the Boneshaker Big Wheel features a sextet of walking legs that propel the bike forwards and backwards.

Schroer’s idea behind this playful project was to take the penny-farthing and “make it dance.” By the looks of this video, that’s exactly what he achieved. The Boneshaker Big Wheel won’t get you anywhere quickly, but it will get you there (eventually) with copious amounts of unforgettable style.

[via Laughing Squid]

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