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Metro Public Art Collection: Pedal Petroleum

Artist: William Buffett
Location: Donelson Train Station, 2705 Lebanon Pike, 37214

Pedal Petroleum bike rack

Pedal Petroleum is a play on pedal powered “free gas.” Using actual gas pumps and bright colors, this rack is a fun addition to commuters’ daily treks.

Artist Statement

“The design for my bicycle rack Pedal Petroleum aims at light-hearted humor, using bright happy colors. The implied message, that riding a bicycle displaces a certain amount of costly and noxious gasoline, is meant to be immediately grasped. There is also some irony in the fact that the defunct gas pump is now the means of securing and protecting its rival: free transportation.”

Artist Biography

A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in California, William Buffett has sold his work all over the world. He is known for his coastal townscapes featuring palm trees and glimpses of the ocean. As a native Californian, he represents these landscapes in a delicate and sensual way with subtle colors and intuitive compositions. A world traveler, he has toured Europe, Mexico and the Far East, studying the great art collections. He enjoys success as a portrait painter, designer and printer of limited edition serigraphs, and a widely distributed poster artist, in addition to exhibiting and selling his original paintings.

Today his work is in the collections of universities, corporations and private individuals in America, Europe, Australia and Japan, as well as many islands in the Caribbean and Pacific.