This vast sea of bicycles have been abandoned in a disused school playing field in Hefei, in China’s Anhui Province.
The bikes started life as part of a number of shared cycle schemes, originally intended to ease the mounting congestion in China’s bustling cities. Commuters could hire the bikes on demand using a smartphone app, then park them up when they’d finished their ride.
However, misuse of the system saw staggering numbers of the shared bikes discarded in precarious or obstructive places, such as narrow pavements, meaning many have had to be removed by the local authorities.
Now, over 10,000 confiscated bikes have accumulated in the school field, inadvertently creating the striking aerial artwork illustrated here. Hefei’s city council will now begin the laborious task of returning the bikes to their respective companies.