Twenty-eight New Routemaster bus sculptures, painted and adorned by well-known and aspiring artists will be unveiled against the iconic backdrop of Trafalgar Square on Friday 17 October 2014. The sculptures form a collection of up to 60 bus sculptures, commissioned by Transport for London (TfL), which will be placed across London on four walking trails as part of the Year of the Bus. The first three trails will be installed for the public to enjoy from Monday 20 October with a fourth following before Christmas.
The first three walking trails are Around Westminster, Around the River and Around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The fourth sculpture trail will be in Croydon.
The Bus Sculpture Trail project is part of TfL’s celebrations to mark the Year of the Bus and aims to promote walking and to highlight the vital role the bus plays in the capital and to raise money for charity.
The sculptures, which are 2.5m long, 1m high and 0.5m wide have been sponsored by various organisations and will remain on public display for a minimum of seven weeks. The sculptures will then be brought together in a final display at the end of the project before being auctioned early next year, to raise invaluable funds for three charities: Kids Company, Transaid and London Transport Museum.
Leon Daniels, TfL’s Managing Director for Surface Transport, said:
“These bus sculptures are a stunning addition to the capital’s streetscape. Whether you are wondering along the Thames, re-exploring Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park or out and about in the West End – you can admire these beautifully and individually designed artworks. The best way to see them is on foot and we have arranged them in accessible trails that everyone can enjoy. What is fantastic is that these sculptures also allow us to promote British artists, the bus industry, encourage walking and raise money for three admirable charities.”
Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art, said:
“Our events are designed to bring the enjoyment of public art to thousands of people while offering new ways to explore the city. The buses are a fantastic spectacle and showcase a wonderful wealth of artistic talent. We hope everyone will enjoy exploring the trails”.
Bus Art – Year of the Bus Sculpture Trails App
We’ve created the Bus Art – Year of the Bus Sculpture Trails App so that you can track down all the bus sculptures. Scan the QR codes in the top right corner of the plaques to ‘find’ the buses and keep track of your progress on the trails.
The Bus Art – Year of the Bus Sculpture Trails App is available on the App Store and on Google PlayTM
Click on the buttons below to download the app.
- Download the River Trail Map (pdf)
- Download the Westminster Trail Map (pdf)
- Download the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Trail Map (pdf)
Please enjoy walking the sculpture trails and don’t forget to share your favourite photos via #yearofthebus
For more information www.tfl.gov.uk/yearofthebus