A student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has created what is arguably the most sustainable motorbike in the world – one made entirely of cardboard.
38-year-old Kenny Scott has made a Harley Davidson replica to scale using nothing but recycled cardboard, a knife and a glue gun for his Art and Design (foundation entry) year final project.
It took Kenny six weeks to make the model Harley after studying design plans and photos on the internet of the bike. He has included intricate engine parts and scoured bins and a wallpaper shop to find the right cardboard for the model.
"A Harley Davidson is iconic and I hope I’ve created the wow factor through cardboard. I made sure all of the cardboard I used was recycled so that my model is green and sustainable.”
Kenny was inspired to create the motorbike using cardboard because of the amount thrown away on a daily basis.
He said: “I wanted to make something great with what is essentially rubbish. A Harley Davidson is iconic and I hope I’ve created the wow factor through cardboard. It’s also a cheap material and I made sure all of the cardboard I used was recycled so that my model is green and sustainable.”
Kenny returned to study as a mature student after spending 16 years working as a driver in Germany and prior to that, five years as a Royal Engineer in the Army. He has always wanted to go to university and decided to enrol on the BA (Hons) Art and Design (foundation entry) course at UCLan when he returned to the UK.
“Returning to study is the best thing I could’ve done because it was something I always wanted to do. I was worried I would be out of my depth but I’ve really enjoyed this year and my tutors have been very supportive,” he said.
"It was awarded first place in the foundation entry student show and I think this reflects how impressed people have been with the motorbike."
David Knight, the course leader for the BA(Hons) Art and Design (foundation entry) year course, said: “Kenny is a talented student and has created a fantastic piece of work after only one year of studying. It was awarded first place in the foundation entry student show and I think this reflects how impressed people have been with the motorbike.
“The foundation entry year allows students to experiment with a range of art disciplines and they can then make an informed choice about future study and what is most suited to them.”
Kenny came to UCLan wanting to study photography but now plans to go onto the product design degree course. His aim is to take his cardboard model idea to the next level and make an even bigger replica of something else.
Kenny added: “I’d love to make a cardboard Spitfire or take a room in Ikea and re-create it entirely from cardboard. It’s a really good material to work with and I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of making the motorbike replica.”