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Custom-beaded Linus by artist Ralph Ziman to be auctioned

Published May 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — A Linus bike covered in beadwork by South African artist Ralph Ziman will eventually be auctioned to benefit the Venice (California) Family Clinic.

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The beadwork took craftspeople at Ziman's Johnnesburg studio four weeks to complete. Ziman now lives in Venice.

"Working with Ralph was one of those rare perfect partnerships. We are originally South African, so it was special to work with a South African artist and provide work and visibility to South African craftsmen," said Adam McDermott, the founder of Linus Bike. 

The frame, saddle, and crank are entirely covered by beads. Beaded ornamentation is a long standing African tradition often used in ritual and ceremony. The Africanization of western tools is a series Ralph Ziman has been working on for many years.

The bike is currently on view at the Linus Bike showroom in Venice. The piece will then move to the Venice Family Clinic's Art Walk & Auction at Google Los Angeles in Venice.

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