News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Sculptcycles are back. This is the second year Montpelier’s public art project, where sculptures made totally or in part from recycled bicycle parts, are displayed throughout the downtown area, said the Rutland Herald. Subjects to date include “American Bovine Gothic,” and “Yes We Can Overcome.” There will be 19 Sculptcycles displayed over the summer. Returning artists include Rob Hitzig who is hoping to augment last year’s submission, “The Dog Walker,” with still undetermined additional animals. “I’ll have 11 bodies, could be a lot of animals,” said Rob. New artist Kate Wanner’s “Catherdral of Cycling” features stained glass bicycle wheels. The sculptures will be put up for auction at the end of the event. The project is coordinated by Montpelier Downtown Community Association and sponsored by businesses, organizations, and private entities. I guess old bikes never die; they’re just made into art.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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