Gap Filler is bringing music and bikes back to the city with two new Summer projects launching on Gloucester Street this week – RAD Bikes and Sound Garden.

RAD (Recycle A Dunger) Bikes in collaboration with ICECycles  (Inner City East Cycles), is a community bike shed located at 165 Gloucester Street for the 2013/14 Summer. The shed is a workshop space where anyone can build or repair bicycles and/or help restore bikes for ICECycles to give away.

The shed will be open a few times each week with a volunteer on duty to lend advice where required. People are asked to leave a koha (donation) to use the workshop, which will go towards keeping the bike shed running. The shed will operate for 6 months as a trial/experiment with the hope that it will be adopted by the community after that.

The shed was designed by Nic and Jess Sewell and built (with love) by volunteers during September and October. The shed was made from predominantly re-cycled materials with the few new materials that were required sponsored by Buildtech. On-site storage for tools during the build has come from a sponsored Royal Wolf shipping container.

RAD Bikes will be open for the first time on Friday, 25 October from 7 – 9pm as part of FESTA (the Festival of Transitional Architecture). It will also be open this Saturday from 12 – 3.30pm with a talk by the designers and project coordinator at 4pm. On Sunday there will be a scrapyard challenge where the public is invited to come along and help build a bike sculpture for the site. There will also be some exciting, creative workshops such as ‘bike bling-making’ taking place over the Summer each month.

The other project, Sound Garden also opens this weekend as part of FESTA on Saturday, 26 October at 2pm, corner Colombo and Gloucester Streets, with support from Random Acts of Music.

Local creatives Gaby Montejo, Jason Ware, Tim McGurk and Trent Hiles have created a variety of musical instruments from recovered and re-appropriated materials. These have been installed for the public’s playing pleasure, ready and waiting to be discovered – to be struck, strummed, and swivelled.

Inspired by a Gap Filler supporter and volunteer who sent in a video clip of Brazilian street musicians installing musical instruments on lamp posts and road signs for serendipitous discovery by pedestrians, this project offers locals and visitors to Ōtautahi-Christchurch a way to make some sweet sounds in contrast to the demolition/construction noise scape.

“The emphasis of the project is on play and having fun, and on experimentation”, says Trent Hiles, Gap Filler project coordinator. “Even during the installation day we had people wander in and try things out. Children especially just launch into having a go and often interact in a way that we hadn’t considered – just because it is a massive drum it doesn’t mean you should only hit it with your hands, the whole body works as well!”

The Sound Garden opens as part of FESTA and everyone is invited to come along from 2pm on Saturday when the artists who have worked on the project will perform an opening piece. This will be followed by anyone and everyone being able to join in using other extraordinary instruments from the Random Acts of Music collection.