Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published December 2nd 2014
London's Buses Have Been All Blinged Up
London Takes the Bus by Rod Hunt
Back in October I was on my way home from a concert in Westminster when I saw a sculpture of a bus in the street. Called London Takes The Bus, it was was designed by Rod Hunt, who was inspired by the bus routes on maps. Thinking it an quirky little curio, I took a picture before carrying on my way.
Cath Kidstone by Catherine Kidstone
A few weeks later I was on the Paddington Trail and saw another bus sculpture at Piccadilly Circus. Named and designed by the kitsch printmaker, Cath Kidstone, it was inspired by London's landmarks. One sculpture I could accept, but two? Something was going on.
Route Masters by Edward Carvalho-Monaghan
Then the other day, I was walking around the South Bank area, and saw not one, not two, but three bus sculptures. I read the plaques more carefully, an discovered that this was a Boris Bus Sculpture Trail in honour of the Year of the Bus. Sixty mini Boris buses have been dotted around London for people to go and find. Like the Paddington Trail and Books About Town Trail, the sculptures have been designed by celebrities, artists, and businesses, and will eventually be auctioned off to charity. Profits will go to Kids Company, Transaid and London Transport Museum.
Brolly Bus by Jane Veveris Callan
The first three trails were released on the 20th October in Westminster, around the River Thames, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A fourth trail is to be deployed in Croydon just before Christmas. There is no word yet as to how long the sculptures will be up for, but previous/current trails have bee about two months.
Punk'd by Valerie Osment
Out of the buses I have found, my favourite is Punk'd by Valerie Osment, who give homage to the birth place of punk culture. She was inspired by the Sex Pistols' promo posters for their 1976 debut single.
The Bus Trail is great fun for both Londoners and tourists alike, and is an enjoyable way to travel through the city.