Cross-country bicycle rides always seems ambitious, but the Gift Cycle turns this athletic feat into a high-concept art project. Inspired by gift economies, two intrepid cyclists will pick up works of art in each city they visit and deliver them to participating artists at the next stop on their route. It's sort of a chain letter by bicycle, but this one logs zero emissions and no money changes hands. The ride kicked off last week in Providence, R.I., and ends August 30 in Seattle.
by Michelle Taute