Gattoni, whose other bike-themed work includes the Bicycle book for Nobrow was commissioned to create ten large scale cyclist portraits for the museum’s outdoor display space.
From the London courier to the lycra-clad speedster, the fixie fanatic to the fold-up rider, all typologies are represented.
Gattoni based the images on photos of biking Londoners that were submitted to the museum – a photo collage of these pictures is also going on show.
As well as the images, the London Cycles show also features exhibits documenting capital cycling from the 19th century to the present day.
There are headcam films of people’s rides through London, and shown alongside a penny farthing and an 1880s boneshaker is one of the ubiquitous Boris bikes.
The Boris bike’s ‘story’ will also be on show. The museum has worked with City University’s Professor Jo Wood to visualise the journeys made by the bike – which was ridden 2450 times by 2280 people throughout its lifetime.
As London Mayor Boris Johnson says of the show, ‘I can’t think of a better way to visit it than by bike, surely one of the most enjoyable ways to visit this and other cultural gems across the capital.’
London Cycles is at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2 until 22 September.