A look at some designs that get around – Register Guard
An exhibit of transportation design work ranges from bicycle wheels to the Boeing 787
By Bob Keefer, The Register-Guard
Eugene is a town full of alternative transportation lovers, says Cindy Ingram. So the idea of a creating a gallery show on transportation design was a natural.
“I thought it would be fun to bring in a little bike culture,” she said.
And skateboard culture.
And motorcycle culture.
And Boeing 787 culture, too.
Ingram is the director of membership and events at Opus VII in downtown Eugene. It is the latest incarnation of what was once a fairly straightforward art gallery that has now transformed itself into a venue to highlight not only art but also design and architecture.
She curated “Go, Design, Go,” a new show about transportation design that runs through Feb. 25 at Opus.
“Ultimately, it’s our job to inspire people,” says Kaz Oveissi, who owns Opus. “The core purpose of this project is to create opportunities for people to have meaningful experiences.”
Oveissi wants to do that by showing not only paintings, sculpture and jewelry but by mounting museum-quality exhibits about architecture and design.
The transportation show, which opened earlier this month, offers as evidence everything from high-end BMW motorcycles — including a 1967 bike that makes it hard to resist the idea of riding away when no one is looking — to beautiful, large, square photographs of the construction of the Boeing 787 in Seattle.
Ingram started putting the show together by going online and searching for terms such as “Eugene transportation” and then e-mailing and calling companies doing interesting work.
In the end, nine businesses and organizations contributed items.
The 787 photographs — shot by Boeing engineer Edgar Turner — are big, stark and beautifully presented. His cool industrial photography, with its emphasis on form and design, is reminiscent of the 1930s industrial photography of Margaret Bourke-White, who shot subjects such as the then-new Fort Peck Dam for Life magazine.
In a deliciously quirky twist, Oveissi added to the exhibit a pair of starkly beautiful wooden shipping crates in which the Boeing photographs arrived from Seattle. The crates are perfectly designed to house not only the big framed photos but also to charge, each night, the touch-screen electronic information panels that complement them in the show.
“I thought they were art — and transportation — and people would love to see them,” Oveissi said of the crates. “And it’s good design.”
Eugene’s many alternative transportation fans will enjoy the electric cars from Arcimoto and the cargo bikes from Cetma Cargo, not to mention the bicycle wheels from Rolf Prima.
Lane Transit District has a small display about its public art in Eugene, and OBEC Consulting Engineers, not exactly a household name in the arts community, has a display about the new, red-lighted bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning Delta Highway.
Other exhibitors include BMW and European Motorcycles of Western Oregon, with a pair of motorcycles on display; the University of Oregon Bike Loan Program; and Boardsports Inc., with a display about the technology of longboards.
Go, Design, Go
What: An exhibit of transportation-related design from Northwest and Eugene area companies.
Where: Opus VII, 22 W. Seventh Ave.
When: Through Feb. 25
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Originally appeared: Thursday, Jan 20, 2011