Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry is among the artists and designers who have created helmets that will be auctioned off to raise funds for the brain injury charity, Headway.
The helmets, not all of which it is fair to say comply with official safety requirements, will be on display at Look Mum No Hands on London’s Old Street from 1-7 September in an exhibition called Strike - The Helmet Project.
Here’s the helmet designed by Jake & Dinos Chapman, who shot to fame in the 1990s as part of the Young British Artists movement.
Bike helmets make us happy! There's just one week until this beauty by @jakeanddinos will be on display at @1ookmumnohands along with 26 other customised bike helmets! These original works of art will also be auctioned at galabid.com/strike raising funds for @headway_uk and @headwayeastsussex we hope this exhibition will highlight the importance of wearing a helmet while cycling #braininjuryawareness #cyclesafe #charityexhibition #headway #helmetsforheadway #thechapmanbrothers #jakeanddinos #chapmanbrothers #art #charity
This one is from renowned milliner Stephen Jones, whose clients have included Boy George, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Kylie Minogue.
Created by @stephenjonesmillinery for #thehelmetproject auction will go live on 1 September and raise funds for @headway_uk. The exhibition will also be on display @1ookmumnohands from that date #stephenjones #milinery #fauxfur #helmetsforheadway #cyclesafe #braininjuryawareness #headway #charityexhibition
One of the more striking designs is this piece by sculture Andrew Logan.
Finally, here’s Grayson Perry’s creation, on which he has painted words and phrases associated with cyclists and cycling.
As his wife Philippa points out, it’s actually a fruit bowl that has been turned upside down, so not something you'd want to go out riding with it perched on your head, especially given that you'll need to fork out at least five grand to make it yours..
It's a fruit bowl so meant to go the other way up, not that it matters. Bid bid bid. https://t.co/7X9XzmOzI3
— Philippa_Perry (@Philippa_Perry) August 29, 2017
While bidding wasn’t due to open until 1 September, it seems that offers are now being lodged on Galabid for the pieces, and it is the one by Perry that has grabbed the attention so far, with a top bid to date of £5,001.
You can see more pictures of the helmets that are being auctioned on The Helmet Project’s Instagram page.
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