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A mo­tor­cy­cle sal­vaged from the beach at Branscombe af­ter the MSC Napoli was ship­wrecked in 2007 has been turned into a piece of pub­lic art. The BMW is mounted on a con­crete model of the Napoli in­side a glass case at the side of the river Danube in Aus­tria. The in­stal­la­tion is the cre­ation of artist Chris­tian Kos­mas Mayer and is named Cy­cles Ga­lore!

Chris­tian had been fas­ci­nated by the 2007 Napoli dis­as­ter and the scenes that fol­lowed, when peo­ple de­scended on the East Devon beach to sal­vage some of the ship’s cargo, in­clud­ing un­used BMW mo­tor­cy­cles.

To cre­ate the art­work Chris­tian man­aged to track down three men who had re­trieved one of the mo­tor­cy­cles. Af­ter es­tab­lish­ing that BMW had re­lin­quished any claim on the ma­chine he bought the bike, which had never been driven, and had it shipped to Aus­tria.

The site of the art­work is an emer­gency moor­ing area where ships on the Danube can stop if they are in dan­ger. The story of the ship­wreck and the mo­tor­cy­cle’s sal­vage from the beach is told in a panel on the BMW’S num­ber­plate.

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