"No Bicycle Parking" to give Philly bike riders a chance to share their stories

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A bike wheel on Broad and Spruce Streets. | Photo by Raphael XavierWith spring nearly arrived, we can expect to see a lot more bicycles cruising Philadelphia streets. Unfortunately, this also means we’re likely to see a lot more stripped and abandoned bikes too. Ever had your bike stolen or stripped? The artist Raphael Xavier wants to hear from you. Visit his exhibit “No Bicycle Parking” on display at the Painted Bride Center from March 21-22, to tell him your story.

Xavier, who is also a performing artist and documentary filmmaker, has spent the past 10 years photographing more than 400 abandoned and stripped bikes. Many of the photos were taken in Philadelphia where Xavier currently lives; others are from cities he visited while touring for his professional dance career.

During the two-day exhibit, Xavier is hoping to collect handwritten stories to be used in an upcoming book featuring the bike photographs. The exhibit is on displayed in the Café Gallery (Hours: 12-8 p.m.), and will be welcomed with an artist’s reception tomorrow from 5-8 p.m. Xavier will be selling a limited selection of prints as well. 

“No Bicycle Parking” at the Painted Bride Art Center (230 Vine St.,) free admission