Beyonce the Unicorn

There are many jobs in life which we will forever be envious of, and this is certainly one of them. Katrina Brees, a bike artist and environmental activist from New Orleans, spends her days making exquisite bicycle sculptures for parties, parades and festivals. Made from re-purposed resources and land-fill rescued materials, these art bikes really reflect the saying 'one person's rubbish is another's treasure'.

America the Eagle makes it's place at  the Krewe of Kolossos’ annual July 4th parade, which celebrates the birth of America.

Katrina, founder of the Krewe of Kolossos (the city's Mardi Gras parade performance troupe) brings the streets alive with colour and creativity wherever she rolls. Each art bike sculpture is usually in the form of an animal, complete with its own character, which she embodies as she rides through each magical event.

And each interesting character she makes reflects Louisiana, including Mahalia the Aligator, named after New Orleans' civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson and Robicheaux the Crawfish, influenced by the state's blues legend Cocoa Robicheaux.

We've created a gallery of some of her collective's beautiful creations. Enjoy!

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