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Studio projects Sunday July 23 2017 10:45 am

Stage 20 / “Chains up Alpe d’Huez” / 2015

We loved printing from bike chains. At one point we talked about doing a complete year always using a bike chain as the image. The main reason I could garner for doing that is that it would make an interesting exhibition have the broadside with the chain used in the print side-by-side.

Anyway, we wanted to get a chain in one more time and were looking for a way to pay homage to those 21 switchbacks on Alpe d’Huez. As each switchback is looping back and forth, it is wrapping around a penny which gave us the right bend to ram the right number of turns. Then we used a written journal between them to highlight things that happened on that ride up the mountain, ending with the win by Frenchman, Pinot. Nice.

21 switchbacks. Brutal.

Click here to read the whole story of the broadside below of this broadside.

You should take a look at some of the production shots at the bottom. The image is made up of 1/4″ wide strips of Masonite. Ended up being a very cool way of drawing the image. Tiffany rolled the dark green. David rolled the middle green. Jill rolled the light green and sky, Killer broadside.

Click here to read the whole story of the broadside below.

This stage was an individual time trial. Each year we made a set of arrows that we would use to represent the riders. This time we used those arrows to create a clock face to emphasize the focus on sheer time where each rider has to do the stage alone without the advantage of being surrounded by his team. The top 3 arrows representing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were hand rolled in their country flag colors.

The tally for the TdLG years so far.

2011 - 53 points
2012 - 27
2013 - 32
2014 - 23
2015 - 31

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