British artist Benedict Radcliffe first came to our attention with his inspired take on the Lamborghini Diablo, 'Lambo! 2', a scale model of the supercar, sculpted from fluorescent orange steel rods.
Known for collaborative outings with the likes of Comme des Garçons, Paul Smith and Puma, Radcliffe began his creative career with Glaswegian architectural fabricators Scott Associates, before deciding that making art out of bicycles was much more fun.
In a bid to free up a little space in his studio, Radcliffe will be showing a selection of work at East London menswear outlet, Number Six - including a series of fluorescent racing bikes, a pole-perched pole dancer and a Lucky Strike-sponsored tandem.
We caught up with Radcliffe to talk cars, Clarks and California.
ESQUIRE: Do you consider your work to lie more in the realms of art or design?
BENEDICT RADCLIFFE: I think it sits somewhere in the middle. I like to re-present things in a different way through thoughtful use of materials and context. There is a diverse collection of work in Number Six. The Pole Dancer is made of bent mild steel and then sprayed in fluorescent pink and it sits on top of a pole taken from the street.
ESQ: What was the reasoning behind the choice of exhibition space?
BR: I've known the chaps from Number Six for a little while and I asked them if I could show a few old works that have been sitting in my studio for the last few years, gathering dust. It’s a lovely space with massive white walls and it’s just around the corner from my studio. Nice selection of Clarks too.
ESQ: Was Lambo! 2 produced true to life size?
BR: The Lamborghini Countach Koenig is 1:1 scale and it now resides in the Lamborgini showroom in Berlin.
ESQ: Do you own a Lamborghini Diablo, Benedict? If not, why not? And what do you drive?
BR: Driving in London is terribly frustrating so I get around on my bike. I'm off to California for two months to do a project with Ken Block and DC shoes. I'm making them a 1:1 scale wireframe rally WRC Ford Fiesta. I hope I get the chance to have a drive of the real thing...
Benedict Radcliffe is now on show at Number Six, The Old Truman Brewery, 6 Dray Walk, London, England E1 6QL, 020 7770 6222