IRISH ELK, STANDBIKEME AND DAVID GASPAR by Ana V. Francés
“The rebirth of the BH’s model S.11, inspired in Ireland, presents with the intention of rescuing a piece its history. The last remaining numbers of the Irish elk (Megaloceros giganteus) which populated the Irish land more than 10,000 years ago, could grow up to more than 2m height, weigh more than a ton, and his horns could reach up to the 3 meter wingspan. When the last ice age climate changes that occurred on earth, altered its environment and the flora of that it fed on, perhaps it simply weakened by a lack of sodium, calcium and phosphorus that his big bone structure demanding. Or perhaps his great antler provoked a critical situation, where it would become entangled on the brush and trees without the ability to escape from predators. This is a small tribute to the Irish elk, who had no second chance.”
How do you start working with standbikeme?
I met the guys from Standbikeme and we both liked our work. I found a very environmental and creative business idea: every bike abandoned in a garage deserves a second chance, and the chance to adapt them to the tastes and needs of each person creating unique pieces. I was particularly attracted to one of these processes. I was briefed with a concept and references of what they wanted and from there on I made his interpretation: Standbikeme. I took a look around a bit more, and I did mine.
Where does the creative idea within the project come from?
The customer brought visual references of Ireland, its culture and its codes. Antonio and Nacho shared this briefing with me and I started researching the history of Ireland. I met the extinct Irish Elk and found that like with forgotten bikes makes Standbikeme, I could somehow rescue the memory of this species.