The idea for this came from ornamental garden windmills/whirligigs- the type that usually depicted something like an animated man chopping wood or riding a bike. In `Self Portrait' (1994) I scaled the concept up to life size and used a real bike. The figure on the back was made from chicken wire and old clothes in the style of a scarecrow. The bucket for a head matched a second one used for the hub of the sails.
Although this work was subsequently exhibited about three times it was initially made for my portfolio when I was applying for a place at the Royal college of Art . In my interview it caused the head of the sculpture department to roar with laughter. He assumed it was me under the bucket in a photograph riding the bike......I was accepted onto the course.
(see also Toy me No.2)