The Croydon Bus sculptures have moved! They have joined the other buses at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, East London.
As required, I took a couple of friends with me to see how my buses were settling in with their new friends and views. Luckily, it was a perfect crisp and sunny day, so there were plenty of other bus-spotters at the park. To see all the other buses lined up across the (very long and wide) bridge near the Orbit was great. I was particularly impressed to overhear one of the volunteer guides (made famous by the 2012 Olympics/Paralympics) explaining the different types of fruit and veg on my Surrey Street Market design. They had obviously done their homework and read the blurb I wrote for the TFL website.
All the buses will be auctioned on 24th March, by Christies live and also on the online website i-bidder.com, for the following charities:
Kids Company, who provide practical, emotional and educational support to inner city children, young people and vulnerable families.
Transaid, an international development charity who identify, champion, implement and share local transport solutions to improve access to basic services and economic opportunity for people in Africa and in developing countries.
London Transport Museum, a popular Covent Garden museum highlighting the vital role transport has played in the life of the Capital. They also work with more than 150,000 children each year delivering essential travel safety education to keep our children safe, and they run programmes to help young people into employment.
I made a pilgrimage to see my buses (again!), and to take some better photos.
Whilst out in the winter sunshine, trying to eavesdrop on what other people where saying about my work, I realised that after 25th January - my buses will disappear! There is always a chance that someone (or an institution / company) might buy one in the charity auction in February, but as far as I'm concerned I'll never see my work again. Please stand clear of the closing doors.
..and finally, I discovered the other day that my work (along with all the other buses on the sculpture trail across London) also features on a tidy app for smartphones. The whole premise is that you use the GPS functions on your phone (and the app) to help you find every bus (whilst ticking them off and reading about the artist). Here are screen shots of my buses (naturally) from the Apple version. Available from the Apple App Store or Google Play
For a little glimpse into the past workings of my October brain, I've included here the original designs I submitted to Wild in Art. The 'Croydon Layers' design is very similar to the final bus, but the 'Surrey Street Market' one is more complicated than what eventually happened. A fast approaching deadline was the main influencing factor in making these changes, but I'm still very happy with what I eventually produced.
On a sunny December day, my buses joined the trail in Croydon after a little press launch. The 'Croydon Layers' and 'Surrey Street Market' sculptures hit the streets!
Surrey Street Market
The first bus of mine, that we came to on our mini tour of Croydon, was 'Surrey Street Market'. It's nestling in Matthew's Yard (rather appropriately), directly outside the cafe/arts venue of the same name. It's also a potato's throw from the market itself.
The next stop was my bus 'Croydon Layers', which can be found directly outside the doors to the Council offices, in Mint Walk.
Transport for London have also produced some slick photographs of the buses, taken under studio conditions. They look great, and really make the colours pop out.
For more information about the Croydon trail (and plans for all the buses next year) visit either of these links:
A couple of months ago, I was commissioned by Transport For London and Wild in Art to produce two designs for the Croydon leg of the Year of The Bus sculpture trail. This post is part one, and is all about the paint, sweat and tears that went into their decoration.
Having not painted one of these sculptures, I was a little unsure how the coming weeks would pan out. Given that I was doing two buses and everyone else seemed to just have one, there was no time to be wasted pretending to be an art student with all the time in the world. The first task was to choose my buses and start prepping them for all the acrylic paint to come.
Bus 1 - Croydon Layers
The first bus was called 'Croydon Layers', and suddenly looked very complicated...
Bus 2 - Surrey Street Market
Onwards with the next design, and so some more sanding and painting was needed to key the surface.
It was brilliant to finish the two designs, and see the transformation from two to three dimensions. I think it was also darkly hilarious that I was working in a former fitness shop. All that getting up and down off the floor certainly put me through a tough work out each day.
The buses were installed on the streets of Croydon today (Monday 08/12/14). For more information visit the TFL website but I will be following up this post with more pics and thoughts about how the sculptures have fitted in.