Ghost bike at Brockley Station

BC reader Lep Recorn writes:


I do not know how long it has been there, but there is a very odd Ghost Bike attached to the railings opposite the bench. It is a small child's (~ 2 or 3 years) with stabilisers, a picture in a frame which seems to be the tallest and smallest people from the Guinness book of records and a new testament attached. 



On the railing are some lego stickers. . . as I said very odd. Here's a photo. If anyone knows the story behind it, I am curious to know more. 

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seems fairly obvious to me what the story is, does it need raking over here by ghoulish busybodies?

Brockley Nick said...

If it's a memorial, fine. I will update the story and lock the thread.

Osh said...

If there was a death at the station it would be good to know if there are any safety implications. For that reason alone it is good to have this thread.

Anonymous said...

The photo attached to the Bike is of Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918-1940) The tallest Human that ever lived.

Osh said...

So it's art then?

Anonymous said...

Rather poor taste if it is 'art', especially given a young boy, Elliot Forde was killed in a hit and run a few years back on Arica Road.

Tim said...

Wow. Art being provocative and controversial? Whi'd have thought it?

Molewife said...

When I saw this a couple of weeks ago it had a message along the lines of 'we will love and miss you forever'. I assume a young child was killed nearby although I haven't heard of anything very recent. I didn't look too hard because it made me want to cry.

Anonymous said...

Probably it a Brockley artistic type attempting a Guerilla style shocker. As a mother, I sincerely hope not.

Anonymous said...

If you can't see, it says "Your family and friends. We'll miss you forever" on the frame of the picture.

Not exactly something you'd get from Artmungers...

Tim said...

Why?

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Lep Recorn said...

Meanwhile; it would appear that this is supposed to be a work of art. I do not find it provocative or controversial nor in any way artistic.


As a bereaved parent (though not of a toddler) and cyclist who passes many ghost bikes around London, I just find it crass in execution and juvenile in intent.

Do I presume that the barriers it is attached to belong to Lewisham council and hence they might be asked to remove it.

Anonymous said...

It looks crap and the concept sucks. Well done artist.

Anonymous said...

It's not big but it's clever ...

Anonymous said...

What makes you say it's supposed to be a work of art Lep?

Lep Recorn said...

I have lived here for more than 25 years & I have never heard of a toddler being killed on a bike anywhere, let alone in Colgate Street. As it has only just appeared the incident would have to have been recent & I am sure it would have been big local news.

There is nothing that personalised it, no name, no photo of the child, no message from the parents, no flowers or other messages.

It is poorly executed. Ghost bikes are usually stripped down & completely painted.

Need I go on?

Tim said...

Well it looks like the "artist" may have succeeded in provoking discussion and debate. A reaction has been obtained.

Anonymous said...

Now stop moving and let me love you.

Anonymous said...

I don't live around Brockley anymore so don't know exactly where this is, but a young man died close to the betting shop on the corner. I remember there always being lovely floral tributes to him, tied to the lamp post with heartbreaking messages

bumbags said...

Ghost bikes have become a poignant sight in London- reminding cyclists and drivers that we all need to share the road carefully.
As we would have heard about a child being killed on a bike at the station, we can presume this is someone's attempt at 'art'.
It's crap. It ruins a lovely part of the station. Now, who's got some chain-cutting equipment...?

MB2012 said...

I agree with Bumbags - visitors to brockley will see this and think that a small child was killed on that stretch of road.
If it had a picture of a child with a memorial message then fair enough but it doesn't so its not a memorial... its just a sick prank and should be removed like any other rubbish that is dumped in the street.

Brockley Jon said...

I agree, it's a half-hearted effort at a ghost bike, and disrespectful to cyclists and parents alike. A quick look on the Love Clean Street app (aka Love Lewisham) and it seems someone has reported it already so hopefully it will soon be gone.

Lep Recorn said...

That was me, it is now marked as agreed for removal so it should be gone soon.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!! :) :)

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