H: 18 in W: 19 in D: 9 in
I saw a newspaper article about a mentally handicapped young man who had learned to ride a bicycle—contrary to the predictions of many caring specialists. His mother, like many parents of mentally challenged children, believed that her son deserved as full a life as possible, and insisted that he have special training to achieve what he wanted. I wanted to capture the joy and triumph this young man felt on his first solo ride, while still preserving his dignity as a person. Sculpted from maple, vera, and yellow pine, on a base veneered with buckeye burl. Finished with aniline dyes, acrylic polyurethane, and enamel.