Shoe bike from Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony

Made by Ceremonies Costume Workshop, 2000.

Made famous in the 1993 film, ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’, the tour bus, ‘Priscilla’, was used to culminate the ‘Parade of Icons’ in the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. This adult tricycle, which resembles a floral stiletto shoe, was modified and embellished at the Ceremonies Workshop to lead the tour bus onto the arena. It comprises an adult tricycle, a steel frame covered with wire mesh, fabric and artificial flowers, and satin lining. Also part of the proc...


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Physical Description

Shoe bike, Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, designed by Ross Wallace, made at the Ceremonies Workshop, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Shoe bike comprising a high-heeled shoe covered in flowers on top of a tricycle. The tricycle frame is made from painted lime green metal and the shoe framework is made from steel and wire mesh. Brightly coloured artificial flowers in various shapes and sizes are attached to the outside, with lime green satin lining the shoe's interior. Lime green satin has also been used to cover the tricycle's seat.



2330 mm


1380 mm



The shoe bikes were made from standard tricycles that were modified to increase stability and maneuverability. The seat was adjusted to allow the rider to sit in the toe of the shoe-shaped frame, while the rear wheels were repositioned to the middle of the tricycle, allowing it to turn easily in a small radius. The shoe design complemented the 'drag queen' theme of the 1993 film, 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert'.

Dean Manderson, Freda Meckelberg, Sally Wilson, Brian Woltjen, Linda Crawford, Andrew Mcdonnell and Asher Reed made the shoes bikes at the Ceremonies Workshop in Eveleigh in 2000. Standard adult tricycles were lengthened and widened at the rear to increase their stability, and shoe-shaped steel frames were built on a jig to allow for multiple reproductions. Wire mesh was welded to the frame which was then welded to the tricycle. Fabric, decorated with imitation flowers, covered the frame while coloured satin lined the interior.


Ceremonies Costume Workshop 2000


Wallace, Ross null



This shoe bike featured alongside the bus, 'Priscilla', to culminate the 'Parade of Icons' in the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. It was ridden by a performer dressed in a floral headdress, cape, shorts and lace-up boots. The Closing Ceremony took place on 1 October 2000 at Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Park.

Made for and owned by the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after the Games.


Credit Line

Part of the Sydney 2000 Games Collection Gift of the New South Wales Government, 2001

Acquisition Date

5 October 2001

Cite this Object


Shoe bike from Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2018, <>


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