Manchester Weekender: Pedal Powered Artwork

Susie Stubbs

World record BMXer Matti Hemmings turns Salford’s newest public space – Greengate Square – into a work of art.

Salford’s newest public square – Greengate Square, sitting just across the road from Manchester Cathedral and only a short walk from the National Football Museum (which today hosts a football-flavoured ‘zine fair) – plays host to a giant artwork made from the tyre tracks of World Record-holding BMX trickster, Matti Hemmings. The cyclist puts his balletic bicycle skills to artistic effect; he’ll use the tyres of his bike as paintbrushes, creating a Pollock-esque masterpiece on a 15 foot-square of canvas. At the end of the show, the canvas will be split into sections, and you’ll be able to take home your own piece of the action. Hemmings is also on hand to teach tricks and give tips to any budding BMXers. Greengate Square, Victoria Bridge Street, Salford, M3 5AS, 2pm, Sunday 13 October, free.

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