One of Mr. Haeusler's Amazing Bicycles Photo: Keith Moulding
A fleet of unusual bicycles have been invented in Clarence Haeusler's garage/studio in Lake Lenore, Saskatchewan. Are these bicycles prototypes for local transit, delightful ride-on toys or - kinetic sculpture ? They are built for fun and come in compact, luxury or family models! Clarence Haeusler's facility and ingenuity with materials, and the obvious pleasure he takes in decoration suggest there is as much art as engineering in his bikes. This inventor is preoccupied by how far you can take bicycles as an idea, yet still take them for a spin around the block. Clarence Haeusler has lived in Lake Lenore near Humboldt, with his wife Frances, since 1952. When Haeusler retired as a farmer, he worked for the Rural Municipality. It appears his favourite "job," however, is working in his own shop at home. In conjunction with the exhibition, the gallery is publishing nationally acclaimed poet Don McKay's essay, "On Contraptions: Clarence Haeusler's Bicycles". It situates Haeusler's bicycle among the unexpected feats of engineering, ranging from Leonardo da Vinci's to Red Green's. McKay was winner of the 1991 Governor General's Award for Poetry for his book Night Field. Don McKay lives and works in Victoria, B.C. Yikes!Bikes! explores the bicycle as art, local transportation, inventive engineering, and passion. This program is presented in collaboration with the following partners: Cathedral Village Arts Festival, the City of Regina's Cool Down the City initiative, Regina Public Library, the Saskatchewan Cycling Association and The Co-operators Wiserider Program.