|The March 30, 2001,
Critical Mass ride rolled in support of community
gardens. A highlight of this event was the world debut of the
GIANT CATERPILLAR, a bicycling work of art that moved through city
streets. As you can see in the picture above, it was almost as big
as a city bus — and much more beautiful and graceful.
Some folks accompanied the caterpillar dressed as garden beings.
- The Caterpillar’s ride to save the gardens
is on our Eco-Updates from New York video.
The Making of The Caterpillar
Construction took place at the Charas community center.
Here the frame is assembled.
The many-colored caterpillar body is pulled over the frame.
Taking a break for food (not bombs).
Now well-fed, the crafty puppeteers go outside to
put the “legs” on: ten bicycles.
(Does that mean this caterpillar is a decipede?)
Whoops, looks like the skin fell off. Not to worry;
it slipped right back on.
Now fully-formed, the hungry caterpillar swallowed up some
well-fed bicyclists and took to the streets, ten bikes strong
The caterpillar visits the World Trade Center for the NYC Bicycle Show.