With our Good Bikes spread throughout the city, cleaning them up responsibly with little support from the City seemed a daunting task. That is, until Brian Platten came along.
After reading Ben Spurr’s latest article on the Good Bikes in NOW Magazine, Brian called us at the Gallery to offer us his U-haul, his tools and his weekend. We drove all around Toronto retrieving our bikes: Some went to an artist in Parkdale, who wants to weld the bikes together to make a larger Good Bike sculpture; others were dropped off with people who’ve asked to adopt them; and Brian took the rest of the bikes to a recycling plant.
Our bike clean up was epic. Brian was not only patient but extremely helpful, loading all of the bikes into his U-hual himself. He even sawed a sad looking bike in half to release it after its lock had been stuffed with glue. Riding around the city in Brian’s truck was great fun. He told us stories about his dog, his family, his love for rock n’ roll and B-rated horror flicks. He even took us to visit Smash his favourite furniture store).
When we told Brian how grateful we were for his time and truck, he told us that he was happy to help and that it was the least he could do. As we drove by the village of tents for Occupy Toronto, he remarked that in these tough times artists are often hit the hardest. He believes that pursuing a career in the arts is both a noble and scary pursuit, and that he tries his best to help artists by moving their art or furniture for them in his spare time. “It’s my way of doing my bit to help,” Brian said. “If everyone did their bit, we’d live in a much better world.”
It was surprisingly sad to say goodbye to Brian at the end of our day together. Thank you so much Brian, for your overwhelming kindness.
P.S Brian moves everything from furniture to art to electronics. If you need a mover - email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Honest, the man is a super hero.