Even Bull Head Taxidermy is About Bikes

From discarded bike parts, Bull Head Taxidermy is born

While you may not have heard of Andreas Scheiger, this Austrian artist/graphical designer and “bullhead taxidermist” owes much of his inspiration and probably some of his success to Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1993). When we think of Picasso most of us automatically think of his paintings.

Picasso Art
This is what comes to my mind when I think of Pablo Picasso

But he was also successful sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright.

cabeza de toro (circa 1942)
cabeza de toro (circa 1942)

However in 1942, Picasso first displayed his sculpted piece “Cabeza de Toro” or Bull Head. The story goes that Picasso found both the rusty set of handlebars and an old bike seat, both which had been discarded on the side of the road. After considering what he could do with each piece he finally put them together to form Cabeza de Torro which is reported to have “shaken the art world”. I like the piece, but I guess there wasn’t much going on in art scene during 1942.

A bike fetish takes form

A fetish displayed
A fetish displayed

Adreas Scheiger had seen this piece before and it was on his mind when he decided to make is own version. Scheiger’s own words tell his story, ”Pablo Picasso saw it first and created his “cabeza de toro”. I needed a bicycle hanger. And then I needed a hanger for bicycle caps and while I was on it, something to hang my umbrella unto. And when left bare I see a tribute to my fetish, the bicycle.”

As you can see his project grew even beyond what even he expected. I’ve included some of my favorites pieces for you to enjoy.

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